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TikTok
TikTok logo
tiktok home page as seen on November 9, 2019
tiktok home page as seen on November 9, 2019
URL https://www.tiktok.com/
Project status Online! but possibly Endangered
Archiving status Not saved yet
Project source Unknown
Project tracker Unknown
IRC channel #TikOff (on hackint)
Project lead Unknown

TikTok is a social media app for short, user generated videos developed by the Chinese company ByteDance. The app was launched internationally in September 2017 and merged with musical.ly on 9 November 2017. It is currently under intense scrutiny for its collection and use of user data, primarily in its relationship with China.[1]

Douyin

Douyin is the China-only version of TikTok.

Sites:

If anyone who can read Chinese would like to help out, that'd be great.

Archiving tools

youtube-dl is able to grab videos straight from the site

A tool to generate the signature TikTok uses to sign all their requests exists and is actively updated

TikTokTake

Work is being done to create a tool that can get all of a users videos and WARC them up, that's being implemented in a cli tool and irc bot TikTokTake

TikUp

TikUp is a Python package that gets all videos from a user or a hashtag, and uploads them to the Internet Archive under `tiktok-<video id>`. Github link

Vital Signs

  • The first request for archival was in October 2019 due to removal of pro-LGBTQ content, even in countries where homosexuality has never been illegal. [2]
  • Videos from Douyin (Chinese TikTok) can not be seen outside of China. [3]
  • In August 2020 Trump said "As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," [4]
  • In 2020-09-18, the Trump administrator will ban downloads of the TikTok app starting 2020-09-20, and access will be banned on November 12.[5]

Archival Locations

Tiktok Video Bin on the Internet Archive is where the TikToks uploaded with TikUp and all videos uploaded with the identifier 'tiktok-<video id>' go. The Internet Archive deindexed this collection some time in 2020.[6]

Notes

  • https://m.tiktok.com/v/<id> is a better way to archive videos, versus https://www.tiktok.com/@<username>/video/<id>. (because it requires the ID only, not the username and the ID)
  • Videos without sound can't be viewed or downloaded(it just says 'Video currently unavailable') on desktop, and their links don't work, but they can be viewed and downloaded on mobile.
  • If we wanted to make a Warrior, we could use https://vm.tiktok.com/*******/, I think it's alphanumeric, but I'm not sure if these links work for every TikTok


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