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Report: TikTok’s Chinese Parent Company Planned to Track Location of American Citizens

TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, reportedly planned to use the social media app to track the personal location of specific American citizens, Forbes reported.

In more than one case, the Internal Audit team at ByteDance planned to use data collected on the popular video app to track the location of an American citizen, according to the outlet. A TikTok spokesperson confirmed to Forbes that the company used location data to “among other things, help show relevant content and ads to users, comply with applicable laws, and detect and prevent fraud and inauthentic behavior.”


Documents reviewed by Forbes showed that the company was not simply using the location data for ad targeting. Data was generally used to collect information on individuals employed or formerly employed by ByteDance, but Forbes uncovered at least two cases in which the Internal Audit team “planned to collect” information on a U.S. citizen with no employment relationship to the company, according to the report.

Forbes previously uncovered that 300 employees at ByteDance listed Chinese state media outlets in their employment history. These included 23 individuals responsible for “content partnerships, public affairs, corporate social responsibility and media cooperation” at TikTok.

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  • John says:

    Great it brings the yellow communist Chinese zipperhead rats to us, so Americans don’t have to go hunt them through jungles like our American Vietnam vets had to in Vietnam, come on over yellow communist rats join your friends in the Democrat Communist Party here in America we Americans have got a gift to give all of you, for our communist Democrat government Rich elitist pigs in our government for giving up in Vietnam & not letting the real American soldiers do their job and win like they could have , when your their commie asses could have been wiped out of that country by The real Patriot American Men Who were there being restricted by a communist Democrat government back in the ’60s

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