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Short video platform TikTok has reached a settlement agreement with some of its U.S. users to pay $92 million to end a class action lawsuit brought by users over privacy safeguards.
The settlement agreement includes 21 class action lawsuits against TikTok, which involve various allegations of privacy violations, according to a number of media reports from the mainland and Hong Kong and Taiwan on Feb. 26. The lawsuit alleges that the TikTok app infiltrated users’ devices to extract large amounts of private data, including biometric data and content, such as race, gender, and age, that defendants used to track and profile TikTok users, for purposes including ad targeting and profits.
TikTok responded to media inquiries by saying that it did not agree with the allegations made by the plaintiff and that the company was willing to accept an out-of-court settlement proposal in order to avoid unnecessary and prolonged litigation, and that the lawsuit in question had been pending for more than a year before ByteDance finally agreed to settle. The settlement is currently subject to court approval.
This is just one of the many lawsuits that TikTok has faced in the United States. In 2019, TikTok settled child privacy allegations, and in the same year, the company paid $5.7 million to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over allegations against its predecessor, Musicaly.
Source: Epoch Times