TikTok’s parent company accessed the data of US journalists

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An internal investigation at TikTok parent company ByteDance found that several employees accessed the TikTok data of several US journalists and a “small number” of other people connected to them, according to internal emails obtained by The New York Times that were confirmed independently by The Verge. The accessed data includes the reporters’ IP addresses, which were used to see if they had been physically near TikTok employees who were leaking information to the press.

In an email to employees, ByteDance CEO Rubo Liang described the incident as “misconduct of a few individuals,” and TikTok General Counsel Erich Andersen described it as a “misguided plan [that] was developed and carried out by a few individuals” in an email you can…

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Author: Mitchell Clark