The policy states:
“We may collect information about the images and audio that are part of your User Content, such as identifying the objects and landscapes that appear, the existence and location within an image of facial and body features and attributes, the nature of the audio, and the text of the words spoken in your user content. We may collect this information to enable special video effects, for content moderation, for demographic classification, for content and advertising recommendations, and for other non-personally identifiable operations.”
As is often the case with privacy policies, there’s a lot of confusion here between results that users are likely to be okay with (such as adding video effects) and results that they believe are more invasive (such as ad targeting and “demographic ranking”). lots of broad language used to cover any future updates TikTok may add to the platform.
There is more information, yes, but still not much clarity. For an app grappling with various privacy issues (the perception of which is often exacerbated by political paranoia), there seems to be more work to be done.