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Reddit's CEO explosively described TikTok as 'parasitic' and 'spyware'

Reddit's CEO explosively described TikTok as 'parasitic' and 'spyware'
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Reddit CEO Steve Huffman said TikTok is "fundamentally parasitic" at a panel discussion on Wednesday.




Huffman said he actively tells people not to install the app, calling it "spyware."




The US government is scrutinizing TikTok's handling of user data closely, and many government agencies have banned their staff from using it because of its Chinese roots.




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The CEO of Reddit slammed TikTok, the short-form video app that has taken Generation Z by storm, at an event on Wednesday.
TikTok is the newest big challenge to big American social media companies like Facebook, and is owned by Chinese tech firm ByteDance. Per TechCrunch, Huffman disputed whether Silicon Valley had anything it could learn from TikTok.
"Maybe I'm going to regret this, but I can't even get to that level of thinking with them," Huffman said. "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."
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