The already sketchy Chinese social media application, TikTok, has been caught spying on iOS users’ clipboard feed. How do we know? Well when Apple brought iOS 14 we get a new notification stating when an application uses the clipboard, we see that TikTok accesses the clipboard.
TikTok says this is a feature that is supposed to stop “spammy” behavior and will be removing the feature to stop confusion in an upcoming App Store update. Many other apps present this pop up including popular Reddit app, Apollo, Apple Find My competitor, Life360, AccuWeather, Overstock, AliExpress, Call of Duty Mobile, Patreon, Google News, and more.
It is worth noting that we do not know what exactly these other applications are using with your clipboard information but I do not think you have anything to worry about other than the fact they are stop spammers from overuse in the app. It is however annoying to see that pop-up every time you enter the application.
While I don’t think it is exactly to fret upon, TikTok is already a company that shouldn’t be trusted with your information. TikTok has already been caught countless times violating the privacy of users. There are other platforms that allow you to have similar content.
Remember the app called Vine? The one that go shut down after being bought by Twitter? Well the co-founder of Vine, Dom Hofmann, created an app called Byte. It is very similar to TikTok, but also mixes Vine’s old vibe into it.
Byte is already doing awesome. In the first week alone when the app was released back in January, it had a total of 1.3 million downloads, according to Sensor Tower.
Dubsmash is another alternative to TikTok. It is very, very similar and it focuses more on the music side of short clips.
Don’t get sucked up into the Chinese privacy-violating ‘Facebook’ known as TikTok and use other options you have.