A Wall Street Journal investigation found that TikTok only needs one important piece of information to figure out what you want: the amount of time you linger over a piece of content. Every second you hesitate or rewatch, the app is tracking you.
This is a disturbing investigation in a mainstream application. There have been several attempts to push the acceptance of this application in the “medical industry”. Here’s something from YaleDaily
TikTok provides doctors with a far-reaching platform, which can help to democratize health care. “It’s a way to reach people and get them information that’s actually accurate,” according to Dr. Brittany Craiglow ’04 MED ’09, a board-certified dermatologist and graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Craiglow creates a mix of content on TikTok, covering topics from general skincare tips to signs of melanoma. One of her most viewed TikToks is an informational video about two practices that harm skin health — smoking and indoor tanning. Videos like this are contributing to a positive movement in the health care industry
No, it doesn’t democratise healthcare. That’s either naive or stupid (or both). Unless, it is a part of a paid propaganda.
Any user will eventually gravitate towards the mix of algorithmic generated content (and “recommendations”). Therefore, it is critical to steer clear of these consumer platforms, which only serve to advertise or signal a “desire” to stand-out.
I am not linking to other “studies”- TikTok is only meant to drive down engagement and therefore, it is harmful.