Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Tiktok is spying on and manipulating its users, but not in the way you may think. "The analysis of the data streams shows that Tiktok in his logic is not a surveillance network from the Communist Politburo, but follows a very Western, capitalist concept. Critics call the business model 'People Farming': people are held with psychological tricks as long as possible on a platform and look content that they have ideally created themselves. Then they will be shown advertisements, the resulting data about them will be re-marketed." Translated from the original German and based on a longish Mastodon thread which includes numerous technical details not covered in the article.

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Last Updated: Mar 30, 2021 11:57 p.m.