TikTok Owner ByteDance Is Happily Helping American Kids Do Their Homework

If you were an adversary of the United States intent on capturing the hearts, minds, and attention of its people, a strategy may be to come at the task from all different angles, right?

And if you were ByteDance, the Chinese owners of TikTok, a great time to focus on growing ancillary businesses (similarly targeted to GenZ youth) would be at the very moment that you risk having to divest your largest holding. So if it’s all so obvious, why is ByteDance’s “AI Homework Helper” app, Gauth, operating so easily under the radar?

A “sticky” homework helper app seems to be a predictable path for a company intent on growing its influence in the United States, and the app has been available since at least 2020 (previously known as GauthMath).

Found in the Apple App Store, via Google Play, and even as a Chrome plugin, Gauth is promoted as a well-reviewed edtech tool. Previously offering primarily “live support” via human tutors, Gauth now integrates generative AI into its service, and covers a broader range of subjects than just math, from help writing essays to digging into subjects ranging from literature to biology.

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