Bookmark: "Tiktok’s enshittification"

Sebastian Greger


Cory Doctorow’s text is much more about illustrating and discussing the concept of “enshittification” than about TikTok specifically. It’s worth a read:

Here is how platforms die: first, they are good to their users; then they abuse their users to make things better for their business customers; finally, they abuse those business customers to claw back all the value for themselves. Then, they die.

I call this enshittification, and it is a seemingly inevitable consequence arising from the combination of the ease of changing how a platform allocates value, combined with the nature of a “two sided market,” where a platform sits between buyers and sellers, holding each hostage to the other, raking off an ever-larger share of the value that passes between them.