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TikTok app called ‘fundamentally parasitic’ spyware by Reddit CEO

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman presumably won’t be singing on TikTok anytime soon. 

Huffman referred to the wildly popular short-form mobile video app as “fundamentally parasitic,” in remarks he made Wednesday at a Silicon Valley conference. TikTok was formerly known as and compared to karaoke for the digital age.

“Maybe I’m going to regret this, but I can’t even get to that level of thinking with them,” Huffman charged, as reported by 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.”

Huffman added that he actively tells people, “’Don’t install that spyware on your phone,’” 

TikTok pushed back in a statement shared with USA TODAY. “These are baseless accusations made without a shred of evidence,” a spokesperson said. The video-sharing service is owned by a Chinese company ByteDance.

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