June 10, 2023


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A former employee of TikTok’s owner claims that China has access to all data through a backdoor

A former employee is suing TikTok owner ByteDance for illegal dismissal in the US CNN And The New York Times.

Yintao “Roger” Yu filed the lawsuit in San Francisco earlier in May. He says he worked at ByteDance from August 2017 to November 2018, as an engineering director in the US.

You must have a private office

In the lawsuit, he claimed that the Chinese Communist Party had “sovereign access” to all data on ByteDance.

He claims that the Communist Party has its own office in the company. This office is used by the “committee,” as the party is called, to monitor ByteDance and ensure that the company promotes the values ​​of the Communist Party.

According to Yu, the Communist Party has access to all data through a backdoor, regardless of whether the data is stored in the United States or elsewhere.

He describes ByteDance as a useful propaganda tool for Beijing.

“We will fight what we believe are unsubstantiated allegations in this lawsuit,” a ByteDance spokesperson tells CNN.

The spokesperson claims that Yoo worked on an app called Flipagram, which has been shut down.

Allegation of theft

Yu claims He was fired after he raised concerns about what he believed were illegal business practices, such as stealing content from competitors Snapchat and Instagram.

This is not the first time that claims have been made that China’s leaders have access to all data.

It was all seen in China, says a TikTok employee in an audio recording leaked to Buzzfeed.

The Norwegian authorities decided earlier this year to ban the use of TikTok and Telegram on the service phones of public servants.

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security risk

The reason is that TikTok is considered a security risk. There are almost no limits to what TikTok can get out of your phone:

  • The app can listen to you and your surroundings
  • See search and browsing history
  • Get a picture of your face
  • Get your vote
  • Restore keystroke pattern
  • Get your clipboard and what you write in notepad
  • Know where you are moving and who is near you

China is already working on one Comprehensive monitoring of its inhabitants, with cameras and tracking smartphones as central elements.

TikTok makes it possible – in theory – for China to collect massive amounts of data about people in the rest of the world, too.

very popular

At the same time, TikTok is a social media sensation, with growth and popularity that its competitors can’t match. Every month owns the app Over a billion active users.

More than 1.26 million Norwegians over the age of 18 have created a profile there.

Fun videos, fresh trends and smart algorithms contribute to success.

– There is a third world war going on. It just happens in a very different way than the classic war we’ve seen on land, at sea, or in the air. It’s digital warfare, communications expert Hans-Peter Nygaard-Hansen told TV2 in March.