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.