According to a report by cybersecurity firm Tenable, scams are proliferating on the social network.
TikTok has surpassed 2 billion downloads this year. We do not have exact figures for the number of users, but hundreds of millions of people connect to the application every month. Among them, we find many adolescents and even children under 13, who defy the ban on the use of the platform.
The popularity of the Chinese social network has obviously not gone unnoticed. More or less dubious but mostly legal businesses proliferate there according to the latest report by the cybersecurity company Tenable. From the promises of dropshipping to bogus remedies, these unscrupulous ads have tended to increase since the start of the year.
TikTok is a victim of its huge success
According to the author of this study, Satnam Narang, the problem is even greater on TikTok where very young users can be seduced by these enticing ads that promise easy money or a dream body.
The research, for example, comes back to an offer for diet pills. Apparently, their effectiveness is well established and celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Snoop Dog or even Beyoncé's mother, Tina Lawson are there to testify. Problem: these words were never spoken by those concerned. The tactic would work well, however, and users are being deceived.
Satnam Narang is not really surprised by the arrival of cybercriminals on the platform which is in some way a victim of its dazzling success. On the side of TikTok, the report seems to be taken very seriously. Asked by our colleagues at DigitalTrends, a spokesperson for the social network said that the advertisements in question had been removed: “TikTok has strict policies to protect users against false, fraudulent or misleading content, including advertisements. ”
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