While TikTok continues to attract an increasing number of users, the reputation of the app is being questioned by many industry experts.
The latest to enter the controversy by openly criticizing the Chinese-originated app are the hackers of Anonymous. In a Tweet they have warmly advised against installing and using the app: “Cancel TikTok now” urged one of them “and if you know someone who uses the app, explain that it is nothing more than malware in the hands of the Chinese government, intent on a colossal mass surveillance operation.”
As usual with Anonymous hackers, it is difficult to attribute the authorship of the tweet to the entire hackers’ community, since by its very constitution it is not an organization with a summit but a decentralized groups sum. Anyway, the account that spread the chirping has become over time one of the most followed rumors in reference to the activities of Anonymous, which is why there is reason to believe that the position taken is at least shared by a large group of members of the group.
For its part, the tweet was published in response to content that refers to a further story: the discovery – by an independent developer – of some suspicious functions inside TikTok. The story had ended up in the spotlight a few days ago: on the one hand TikTok was accused of tracking users and collecting their data very precisely; on the other, the charges have not yet been proven.
It is certainly not the first time that TikTok has been accused of intrusiveness towards user privacy. The developer ByteDance has always responded to the accusations by denying any charge, but its Chinese origin has fueled fears of countries like the United States and more recently India, worried that the data collected may end up in the hands of the local government. Those who expect concrete action by Anonymous against TikTok, however, could wait in vain: that of the group for the moment should be considered a simple stance on an app and a topic that they have been discussing online for months.