TikTok’s parent company, according to a report released today ByteDance, Instagram, Snapchat and content from other social media platforms fake account created. These reports are the video editing app in 2017. flipagramPublished in .
The report shows that the company has received photos, videos, usernames and more from many social media platforms. At the same time, the report says that they did this without any knowledge of the users.
Company sees stealing as ‘growth hack’
Four former ByteDance employees who said the stealing began shortly after ByteDance bought Flipagram in January 2017 BuzzFeedspoke to The resulting documents show that the stealing is a ‘growth hack‘ is displayed. Employee per day of the company more than 10 thousand He also said that he aimed to scrape the video.
Two of the employees are the company’s currently TikTok and its Chinese counterpart. douyin used by ‘For youHe also stated that he used the ‘ algorithm to inform. Also, employees say ByteDance wants to train the algorithm on US-based content as well. In addition, according to the report, the company musical.lyIt skimmed content from and loaded it. It was later claimed that it would evolve into TikTok after ByteDance bought the company in 2017.
There is a possibility of copying content for popularity
The scraped data and internal documents include why the company did it. An employee explained that the stolen content can be used to test the best performing video genre on the platform. In addition, existing users’ content to gain popularity. copying He said it was possible. Former employees, on the other hand, stated that some people reached out to the company after noticing that their content was published on Flipagram.
Allegedly, the app used as a growth hack was not unusual for services available at the time. However, this raises the question of whether TikTok uses video content from competing apps.
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