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Reddit CEO says TikTok is fundamentally parasitic, asks users to uninstall it

TikTok is one of the most-downloaded apps in the world and has a humungous fan-following but the Reddit CEO doesn't seem to be too impressed with the app

twitter-logo Ankita Chakravarti   New Delhi     Last Updated: February 28, 2020  | 18:21 IST
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Highlights

  • Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman called TikTok “fundamentally parasitic”
  • Huffman made the remark during a panel discussion at “Social 2030”
  • TikTok called it baseless accusations

TikTok is one of the most-downloaded apps in the world and has a humungous fan-following but the Reddit CEO doesn't seem to be too impressed with its popularity. Although the app has a lot of takers, it has also been in the eye of the storm because of its content. TikTok was accused of exposing children to sexual predators and for promoting pornographic content earlier in 2019 but the app soon revised its security and privacy settings.

Meanwhile, Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman kicked up a storm by calling Tiktiok, fundamentally parasitic at an event. During a panel discussion at Social 2030 event former Facebook VP of Product Sam Lessin, Huffman and other imminent figures, he said, "Maybe I'm going to regret this, but I can't even get to that level of thinking with them.

"Because I look at that app as so fundamentally parasitic, that it's always listening, the fingerprinting technology they use is truly terrifying, and I could not bring myself to install an app like that on my phone, He added.
Huffman also went on to say that people should uninstall TikTok. "I actively tell people, ''Don't install that spyware on your phone'," he was quoted as saying.

The remark obviously did not go down well with TikTok.They called it baseless accusations. "These are baseless accusations made without a shred of evidence," TechCrunch quoted one of their spokespersons as saying.

On a related note, TikTok recently implemented a feature that would give access to parents to control their children's' activity on the app. The feature is called Family Safety Mode This feature will allow parents to keep a tab of their kids' activity on the app and they can also set limits on it.

The Family Safety Mode also has three sub-features such as the screen-time management controls; they can check the direct messages section and can also restrict the conversation if it is found to be obscene or inappropriate.

In order to keep a check on their kids' activities on TikTok, the parents are required to first create an account on the app, which will be linked to their kids' account on TikTok. Once they have made an account, they can keep a check on all their activities and even control, who their kids interact with.

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