ByteDance Terminates Four Employees for Accessing TikTok Data of US Journalists
According to The New York Times, the company determined that members of a team responsible for monitoring employee conduct accessed the IP addresses and other data linked to the TikTok accounts of a reporter from BuzzFeed News and Cristina Criddle of the Financial Times. The employees are also said to have accessed the data of several people with ties to the journalists. Forbes reported that ByteDance tracked three of its reporters who previously worked for BuzzFeed News. All three of these publications have published reports on TikTok, including on its alleged ties to the Chinese government.