Chinese company ByteDance, which owns the TikTok platform, said an internal investigation confirmed employees were spying on journalists. The New York Times writes about it.
ByteDance staff behavior monitors have accessed the IP addresses and credentials of BuzzFeed and Financial Times correspondents to track whether the journalists were in close proximity to ByteDance employees. Thus, they tried to identify the origin of the leaks in the information media and internal documents.
The surveillance was disclosed by a third-party law firm, according to ByteDance’s general counsel, Erich Andersen, in an email to employees.
Andersen said there was no data leak from journalists outside the company. The people involved in the scheme were fired. His behavior was called inappropriate and undermining the reputation the company has built for so long.
Recall that the Russian office of TikTok has reduced the number of its employees. The number of employees is well below 500 and the number of unaffected employees is well over 10. They can be relocated to Dubai.