Mashable: TikTok and other popular iOS apps are spying on your iPhone clipboard. “Have you ever copied a password or perhaps even your credit card number on your iPhone in order to easily paste it onto a website form? If you have, then it’s likely you’ve just exposed that information to a slew of popular iPhone apps.”
Poynter: The WHO and Red Cross rack up big numbers talking coronavirus on TikTok through vastly different strategies. “In 10 days, the World Health Organization’s new TikTok account put out five videos, racked up roughly 87 million views and accrued over a quarter million followers. It’s part of a larger effort to blanket social media with content aimed at containing the ‘infodemic’ around the new virus that has killed more than 3,800 people around the world. But instead of adopting the platform’s language in full, featuring pop songs, lip-sync or dances, the new account posted trimmed down versions of longer informational videos first featured on WHO’s YouTube page. Is this catching teens’ attention?”
CNET: TikTok to open ‘transparency center’ to counter privacy concerns. “Popular social video app TikTok on Wednesday said it plans to open a transparency center at its office in Los Angeles as part of its effort to ‘deepen our engagement with, and earn the trust of, our community as well as policymakers and the broader public.'”
BuzzFeed News: Is Lurking Hurting My Brain?. “I’m not worried about how much time I spend on my phone, to be honest, because I find online to be an oasis of mirth compared to the physical world. I have KonMari-ed my feeds so that Twitter brings me nothing but joy, Groups on Facebook bring me interesting discussion with likeminded people, and TikTok shows me teenagers being funny. I may be addicted to my phone, but I’m a highly functional addict. I’m fine! I love it! But one night, deep into a TikTok scrolling session, it occurred to me: What is it doing to my brain?”
Tubefilter: TikTok Hires ‘Chief Information Security Officer’ To Assuage Persisting Concerns. “As security concerns surrounding TikTok continue to mount — and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has become the latest agency to ban the app on all government-issued devices — TikTok has hired a new chief information security officer to help assuage fears.”
New York Times: How to Make Money in Your Sleep. “Many fledgling creators dream of waking up to viral fame and riches. Now that dream is beginning to look a lot like reality. Hundreds of TikTok users have begun live-streaming themselves overnight, while they sleep. Brian Hector, 18, did it just last week. Thousands of people tuned in. Some even donated to him.” Like anyone wants to listen to me snoring.
BBC: The TikTok stars giving diabetes the needle. “When best friends Ellen Watson and Beth McDaniel posted a TikTok video of themselves getting glammed up for a night out, they had no idea they were about to become a viral sensation. Overnight, a video of them dancing around racked up 500,000 views – not because of their outfits or before-and-after hair and make-up transformation, but because the Northern Irish students happily showed off their wearable blood glucose scanners which help them manage their type one diabetes.”