Christiaan Triebert+ Your Authors @trbrtc Visual Investigations @nytimes. Previously @bellingcat. Monitoring things, mostly niche. Retired hitchhiker. @quiztime. Usual caveats. Feb. 11, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

TikTok doesn't have visible timestamps, and there's articles about that: . But there's an easy way to figure out the time a TikTok was uploaded. Here's how. #OSINT

Step 1:

Find any TikTok you're interested in on the *desktop* version: .

(I'll use this one by the @washingtonpost, because they're just really good at it.)

Step 2:

Get the unique URL for this TikTok by copying it from the bottom right corner after you've clicked on the video. 

Step 3:

Open the URL in a new tab. In Chrome, right click and hit 'Inspect'.

Step 4:

This new window on the right will appear. Click it, hit CTRL+F and search for 'uploadDate' and you'll find the date in the YYYY-MM-DDTHH:MM:SS.SSSZ format.

Step 5:

Convert the time to local time, because that format is in Zulu time or UTC. I like using . So, now we know The Post uploaded their TikTok on June 5, 2019, at 12:15 pm.

(And thank you @davejorgensen for your great TikToks)

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