25 thoughts on “Why TikTok has me Terrified

  1. so i'm not super left wing but most "mainstream" big channels that i like (like this one) are. so when you started to talk about politics i was ready for this video to stop being relatable for me but i actually totally agree with you on all this filter bubble crap.. and almost everything else in this video. so that's nice 🙂

  2. What if you were to make an open source “social media” data standard? Similar to like Dublin Core XML in the library world, or also COUNTER5 reporting in the library world, or like RSS? It’s flexible and extensible, but there’s a certain standard to it so that rather than the platforms acting like a closed environment, they’re reduced to translators of this information that is already floating out there. That way it doesn’t matter if I’m on whatever future version of Facebook, or MySpace, or Instagram, or Google+ or Livejournal or whatever. I use a platform whose flavor I like to translate the social media of my network. Key encryption could be applied to layers of the information so that I’m only sharing certain facets of information with the groups I want. It’d be fractious, but it’d reacquire information ownership to the user rather than the platform

  3. Corporations are composed of too many different people to 'care' about any issue. The only emergent behavior you could call 'morals' are: Get Big, Fear Change.
    As former Disruptors assimilate to the status quo, and start wielding it to preserve their position; the only thing they fear is controversy. This lever is bad because it can't tell the difference between the cost of a change, and the benefit/harm of it.

    The Status Quo can be pushed to oppose good ideas as 'Too New, Too Soon' if it doesn't directly affect them; and newer Disruptors will outwardly say any change is a good change (because it benefits them in the short term).

  4. I’ve seen no evidence that large platforms do the job of moderation in anything like a fair manner. My perspective as a queer creator is that there is either prejudicial or actual antagonistic moderation within Facebook and Twitter. And, of course, the Tumblr debacle where they managed to get rid of everything except the Nazis. Good point about the amplification of only the most toxic voices.

  5. I'm just… really glad that you talk about these things. I just really appreciate the context that you give to these really scary things (I'm an old lady of 29) that are happening on the internet and how people are using them and how companies are "abusing" them.

  6. I didn't comprehend the nuance of Facebook's argument until you explained it and the other things it affects. Thanks so much Hank.

  7. I realise that if I'm going to say this I should really explain more but I really don't have the energy right now, I just wanted to note that I'm frustrated that someone as influential as Hank has fallen into the idea of the false dichotomy of "liberal" and "conservative".

  8. Adobe also doesn't always think about consequences of its work. They're going to launch software features that make creating deep fakes much more accessible. When their developers were interviewed about the new tech, they were completely unprepared to speak about its potential to spread misinformation. Adobe gets the biggest chunk of our revenue and there aren't great alternatives either.

  9. Hank, I always appreciate your thoughts about content as new and different trends occur.

    Also Luigi in the background distracted me the entire video.

  10. I'm old, so literally the first time I heard about TikTok was a year ago during a cyber-safety talk at my kids school. The expert who was speaking said currently TikTok is paedophile central. So there's also that.

  11. Nice and though-provoking video!

    You talk a lot about keeping platforms "in check" at a certain size, or what stops them from becoming evil. I think one subject worth exploring (and maybe a little point of hope) is why these platforms tend to turn so evil in the first place? I'm still holding out hope that a platform comes along that isn't setup as a typical "company", but maybe has other methods of governing and financing? Because that seems to me where these platforms corrupt. (easier said than done, I know… )

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