Children’s Privacy: Gloves come off in Meta battle against TikTok for young users

All’s fair, it seems, when trying to boost the number of kids using Facebook. That all-important goal has prompted parent company Meta to orchestrate a nationwide – and sometimes deceptive campaign to take down (or at least hobble) its biggest global competitor, TikTok. According to The Washington Post, this effort led by Targeted Victory, a political consulting firm, includes placing op-eds and letters to the editor in newspapers – and even lobbying to present TikTok as a danger to American children and society. And, while TikTok has had its own privacy issues to address, this raises children’s data brinksmanship for business gain to a sordid new level.