Reddit CEO: TikTok is 'fundamentally parasitic'




Technology Experts Gather At The Annual Web Summit Conference
Technology Experts Gather At The Annual Web Summit Conference  

TikTok is one of the hottest social media platforms but the CEO of Reddit had some harsh words for the popular app, calling it "fundamentally parasitic" at an event Wednesday.

The comments from Reddit CEO and co-founder Steve Huffman were some of the more controversial offered up during a panel discussion with former public policy exec Elliot Schrage and former Facebook VP of Product Sam Lessin. During a brief conversation about the feature innovations of TikTok, Huffman pushed back hard on the notion that Silicon Valley startups had something to learn from the app.

"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."

"I actively tell people, 'Don't install that spyware on your phone,'" he later added.

The comments were made in front of a large group of Silicon Valley investors and entrepreneurs gathered for a one-day conference called "Social 2030" put on by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Lessin's VC firm Slow Ventures. The event aimed to highlight and identify trends in social apps that would be shaping the next decade of the space.

Huffman's comments critiqued how TikTok tracks the actions of its users. The social media app was a hot topic of discussion throughout the event, and while Lessin asserted that the app had made a number of notable innovations, Huffman was one of the few at the event to offer deep criticisms of the app.

TechCrunch has reached out to TikTok owner ByteDance for comment.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Coronavirus: Fake news crackdown by UK government
Coronavirus: Fake news crackdown by UK government

A rapid response unit is working with social media firms to take down misleading or harmful content.

Cruise workers are using TikTok to give a behind-the-scenes look into what life is like on an empty cruise ship
Cruise workers are using TikTok to give a behind-the-scenes look into what life is like on an empty cruise ship

While Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian have canceled US-based cruises until mid-April at the earliest, some ships are still at sea.

Fact check: Claim of new symptoms for COVID-19 is partly false
Fact check: Claim of new symptoms for COVID-19 is partly false

Neither the CDC nor WHO lists vomiting or loss of appetite as symptoms of the virus, and diarrhea is very rarely reported.

NOT REAL NEWS: Debunking yet more false coronavirus content
NOT REAL NEWS: Debunking yet more false coronavirus content
  • World
  • 2020-03-27 21:03:57Z

None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. CLAIM: Nancy Pelosi snuck $25 million worth of pay raises for Congress into the federal relief bill intended to help Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. THE FACTS: A proposal in the economic rescue package sets aside $25 million for the House of Representatives but "none of those funds will go to member salaries," Evan Hollander, the communications director for the House Appropriations Committee, told The Associated Press.

Fashion Brands Are Letting WHO Take Over Their Instagrams
Fashion Brands Are Letting WHO Take Over Their Instagrams
  • World
  • 2020-03-27 17:40:42Z

In addition to large-scale contributions to COVID-19 relief organizations, Gucci and H&M are now donating their social media accounts to world health organizations in need of bigger, more influential platforms with larger reach.Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) will take over Gucci's Instagram - which boasts 40 million followers - as well as the brand's other social media channels. During the takeover, WHO will share official public service information, including methods for protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the global community, Dazed reports. "This pandemic calls us to an unexpected task, but it is a call to which we respond decisively, advocating the selfless...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Economy