Chinese parent company still accessing US TikTok user data and tweaking algorithm: Report

TikTok‘s China-based parent company Bytedance has reportedly continued to access data from users in the United States and tweak the app’s algorithm despite its promises not to do so made to the Biden administration in a bid to avoid regulation or a forced sale.

Several employees have reported sending unsecured data to different parts of TikTok and its parent company ByteDance, the Wall Street Journal reported, by going around the channels set up as part of the operation known as Project Texas, by which TikTok is supposed to protect U.S. user data by storing it all in Oracle servers based in Texas to prevent China-based employees from getting access.

The Project Texas team responsible for checking TikTok’s algorithm to ensure it is free from Chinese interference also struggles to keep up with the constant tweaks from ByteDance
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