🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'TikTok Quietly Curtails Data Tool Used by Critics - The New York Times'

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Don’t love it when platforms shut down tools because they don’t like outside research. Gift Link link to “TikTok Quietly Curtails Data Tool Used by Critics - The New York Times”

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'A Leaked Memo Shows TikTok Knows It Has a Labor Problem | WIRED'

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I think this is a much bigger deal than any purported security risk. link to ‘A Leaked Memo Shows TikTok Knows It Has a Labor Problem | WIRED’

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Sen. Rand Paul becomes latest lawmaker opposing TikTok ban - The Verge'

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Rand Paul is very often wrong, but I always appreciate when he comes through. link to ‘Sen. Rand Paul becomes latest lawmaker opposing TikTok ban - The Verge’

quoted in EducationWeek about Seattle Public Schools' social media lawsuit

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Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of talking with Arianna Prothero at EducationWeek about Seattle Public Schools’ suing Snap, Alphabet, Meta, and ByteDance, and she ended up quoting me—and colleagues like Jeff Carpenter and Josh Rosenberg—in her article. I appreciate that all three of us were quoted in the article, because Jeff and Josh both made points that I didn’t articulate as well in my conversation with Arianna. For example, Jeff’s comments summed up a lot of the complexities that have gone through my head:

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'The Tricky Ethics of Being a Teacher on TikTok | WIRED'

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Maybe it’s because of my area of research, but I think the headline here is misleading. Being a teacher on TikTok is one thing, and I’m not opposed to that. Putting your students on TikTok is entirely different, and I struggle to see that being ethically justified. Josh’s research is absolutely the right reference point here. link to ‘The Tricky Ethics of Being a Teacher on TikTok | WIRED’

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'It’s Time to Get Real About TikTok’s Risks | WIRED'

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It isn’t that TikTok doesn’t pose a real threat, it’s that it’s not alone in doing so. In particular, I appreciate that this article points out that U.S. border agents REGULARLY SEARCH COMPUTERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS. So, yes, raise concerns, but be consistent instead of creating a moral panic around thus one app (which, by the way, would be a privacy threat even if it were totally owned by a U.

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'TikTok resists calls to preserve Ukraine content for war crime investigations | Ars Technica'

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So, here’s a case where TikTok’s Chinese ownership is actually a really big deal—though, of course, YouTube and other U.S. companies have also been quicker to moderate than to archive material that could be valuable in a similar way. link to ‘TikTok resists calls to preserve Ukraine content for war crime investigations | Ars Technica’

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The amount of data collected by TikTok is more concerning for the possibility that it could be fed to Chinese state officials, but it would be just as concerning if it could be fed to American state officials, and still pretty concerning if only fed to corporate officials.

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Marco Rubio Pretends To Be A TikTok Privacy Champion, Despite Years Of Undermining U.S. Consumer Privacy | Techdirt'

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Concern about privacy is good, but not when it’s Sinophobic posturing. Yes, what TikTok is doing is worrying and problematic, but Bode makes an important point here: If they aren’t willing to fix the broader infrastructure, stances like Rubio’s just come down to trying to score cheap political points. link to ‘Marco Rubio Pretends To Be A TikTok Privacy Champion, Despite Years Of Undermining U.S. Consumer Privacy | Techdirt’

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'The Myopic Focus On TikTok Privacy Issues Remains Kind Of Weird | Techdirt'

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Good writing here. Vague Sinophobia drives a lot of media and political concerns, and I appreciate Bode’s challenging of that here. link to ‘The Myopic Focus On TikTok Privacy Issues Remains Kind Of Weird | Techdirt’

🔗 linkblog: my thoughts on 'Facebook-Hired PR Firm Coordinated Anti-TikTok Campaign To Spread Bogus Moral Panics | Techdirt'

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TikTok should not be protected from criticism, but it should not be subjected to this garbage either. link to ‘Facebook-Hired PR Firm Coordinated Anti-TikTok Campaign To Spread Bogus Moral Panics | Techdirt’

🔗 linkblog: just finished 'TikTok sued by former content moderator for allegedly failing to protect her mental health - The Verge'

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Content moderation is an awful job, and we shouldn’t forget the people doing it for us. link to ‘TikTok sued by former content moderator for allegedly failing to protect her mental health - The Verge’