July 12, 2020
TikTok Removes Anti-Spam Tool after iOS 14 Copy and Paste Detection Feature Discovers it's Recording Keystrokes

TikTok Reluctantly Removes an Anti-Spam Feature after iOS 14 Catches it Recording Keystrokes

TikTok has pulled an anti-spam code protocol from its mobile app, after iOS 14 users found out it was keeping tabs on users’ keystrokes…

Just recently, short-form video app TikTok, released an update to its mobile program. This, after iOS 14 users became aware the Chinese-based app was recording their clipboard activity, thanks to a new detection feature by Apple. Said addition sent alerts to iOS 14 device owners whenever the video app would record their keystrokes.

TikTok Removes Anti-Spam Tool after iOS 14 Copy and Paste Detection Feature Discovers it’s Recording Keystrokes

This isn’t exactly a novelty. Other apps, including those available on Android, also record users’ activities. Such mobile applications as AccuWeather, Starbucks, and Call of Duty Mobile, as well as others, are known to do the same. This, after developers found the behaviors and some mobile app makers pledged to stop using the recording tools.

Although the video app builder did remove the tool from its iOS app, it is unclear if it’s pulled it from its Android counterpart. A spokesperson from TikTok explained the tool was:

“…triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive, spammy behavior. We have already submitted an updated version of the app to the App Store removing the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion. TikTok is committed to protecting users’ privacy and being transparent about how our app works.”

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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