TikTok reading your clipboard every few seconds to capture anything you ever copy/paste on your iPhone-— Prof. Bandit Scott (@ScottsSoapbox) June 25, 2020
to improve user experience I’m sure. https://t.co/F9irBYtAGM
TikTok is reportedly stopping reading content on clipboards for users, after a new feature in Apple's iOS 14 revealed how often the social video app does that. When apps copy and paste text from their clipboards, the feature informs users, and TikTok appeared to be a major offender, The Telegraph reported on Thursday.
"Hey @tiktok us, why do you paste from my clipboard whenever I type a LETTER in your comment box? Cry out to iOS 14 to shine a light on this GREAT privacy invasion," one user commented on Twitter.
A representative told The Telegraph that the alert was "triggered by a feature designed to identify repetitive spamming behaviour." The representative reportedly added: "We have already submitted an updated version of the application to the App Store to remove the anti-spam feature to eliminate any potential confusion." It is not clear whether TikTok will also update its Android app.
TikTok reportedly told The Telegraph back in March that it would prevent the app from grabbing content from clipboards for users, but iOS 14 revealed that TikTok had not yet done so.