This is the latest in a series of allegations leveled against the short video sharing platform and its China-based parent company.
A former executive of Chinese company ByteDance, which owns the popular short-video app TikTok, has claimed that some members of the ruling Communist Party used data held by the company to identify and trace protesters in Hong Kong. Did.
In a legal filing, Yintao Yu, former head of engineering for ByteDance in the US, says the same people had access to US user data, an allegation the company denies.
Yu, who worked for the company in 2018, recently pleaded guilty to the allegations in a wrongful dismissal case filed in May in San Francisco Superior Court.
In documents submitted to the court, they said ByteDance had a “superuser” credential – also known as a “godly credential” – that allowed a special committee of Chinese Communist Party members stationed at the company to collect information collected by ByteDance. Enabled to view all data entered. US users.