TikTok has released an update that would prevent the app from accessing the clipboards of iOS users, according to The Telegraph. See, iOS 14 comes with a new feature that alerts users if an app is copying and pasting text from their clipboard. Several people who gained early access to the mobile operating system found that the short-form video application copied and pasted what they were typing with a frequency of 1 to 3 keystrokes depending on the alerts they received.
Okay, so TikTok is grabbing the contents of my clipboard every 1-3 keystrokes. iOS 14 is making fun of it with new paste notification pic.twitter.com/OSXP43t5SZ
– Jeremy Burge (@jeremyburge) June 24, 2020
Hello @tiktok_us, why do you paste from my clipboard every time I write a LETTER in your comment box? Thanks to iOS 14 for lighting up this huge invasion of privacy. inb4 say it was an “error” pic.twitter.com/MHv10PmzZS
– Maxel (@MaxelAmador) June 25, 2020
In response to complaints, TikTok said The Telegraph that prompts are being “triggered by a function designed to identify repetitive and unwanted behavior.” The spokesperson added: “We have already sent an updated version of the application to the App Store removing the antispam function to eliminate any possible confusion. TikTok is committed to protecting users’ privacy and being transparent about how our application works. “