TikTok is ‘fundamentally parasitic’, says Reddit boss

Telegraph 27 Feb 2020 01:44

TikTok is “fundamentally parasitic” and “spyware”, the co-founder of Reddit has said.

The Chinese viral video-sharing network boasts an active user base of around 500 million but it has drawn the ire of Reddit’s Steve Huffman.

Mr Huffman bristled at the insinuation that Silicon Valley start-ups had something to learn from the new app.

“Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with them,” Mr Huffman said, according to a report from TechCrunch.

“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 went on to say that he was “actively” telling people “don’t install that spyware on your phone”.

Mr Huffman was speaking during a panel discussion at the Social 2030 event hosted by Lightspeed Venture Partners. Former public policy executive Elliot Schrage and former Facebook VP of Product Sem Lessin were also on the panel.

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