Stolen TikTok Videos, Bent on Fraud, Invade YouTube Shorts

Scammers easily game YouTube Shorts with viral TikTok content, bilking both creators and users.

Scammers are taking full advantage of the launch of Google’s new TikTok competitor, YouTube Shorts, which has turned out to be an awesome tool for feeding billions of engaged viewers stolen content. That content is being used to run rackets like promoting adult dating websites, hustling diet pills and selling marked-up goods, researchers warned.

YouTube Shorts is still in beta, but that’s still given scammers plenty of time to migrate their best TikTok-tested flimflams over to the Google universe, conveniently already populated by billions of users.

Tenable analyst Satnam Narang has been studying social media for more than a decade and found that scammers are having wild success lifting TikTok’s most viral videos and using them on YouTube Shorts, to get viewers to click on a variety of sites and links.

Narang analyzed 50 different YouTube channels and found as of December, they had racked up 3.2 billion views across at least 38,293 videos stolen from TikTok creators. The YouTube channels reached more than 3 million subscribers, he added.

“Please note this is not an exhaustive list, so the figures shared here

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