Delete the Temu shopping app!!!

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You have probably made purchases online from Temu, enticed by the really, really low prices.

If you’ve installed the Temu app on your smart phone, delete it NOW!!!!

This is from Kim Komando, the radio talk show host who specializes in computers and IT:

Seemingly overnight, everyone’s talking about Temu, an online shopping app full of deals that seem too good to be true. You’ll find $17 wireless earbuds, $1 “gold” necklaces and $23 wedding dresses.

No wonder Temu is the most popular shopping app in the U.S., behind only Amazon. But most of us know little about the app’s origins. Like these apps, it’s tied to China.

I did some digging into whether it’s safe to use. Here’s what I found.

Where did Temu come from?

This app isn’t some fly-by-night operation. Temu (pronounced “tee-moo”) is based in Boston, Massachusetts, by PDD Holdings Inc. PDD is headquartered in Shanghai, China. PDD also owns the e-commerce platform Pinduoduo headquartered in — you guessed it — China. (More on Pinduoduo and its shady app below.)

Over 50 million Americans have downloaded Temu since it launched state-side in September 2022. You might remember its expensive Super Bowl ads promising to let you “shop like a billionaire.”

Searches for terms like “Is Temu legit” surged once Americans saw just how low the prices are. Not surprisingly, you get what you pay for.

What you need to know before using Temu

First, you’re buying goods directly from manufacturers in China and other parts of the world. That’s why shipping times are often much longer than on sites like Amazon. You might get your stuff in a week, but it could be more like 12 days.

For the most part, the prices are low because the goods are cheap. The pictures of what you see advertised may not be what you actually get.

Online reviewers seem to agree: Cheap is nice, but not when the quality is too shoddy to use. Temu’s BBB rating is 2.21/5. Reviews at TrustPilot are interesting, with 38% 5-star reviews and 41% 1-star reviews.

But that’s not the worst of it. As you shop, Temu collects lots of information.

It gets worse

Temu isn’t unique in all the info it wants to capture from your phone. Most apps out there want as much as you’ll give up. But considering its ties to Communist China, the permissions seem even more frightening to me.

Temu collects, among other things:

  • The info you provide, like your name, address, and phone number.
  • Details you enter, like your birthday, photo, and social media profiles.
  • Your phone or computer’s operating system and version, IP address, GPS location (if you allowed it), and browsing data.

They also gather more about you from third party sources, including Temu sellers, public records, social media, data brokers, credit bureaus, and marketing partners.

Americans using Temu are selling the country out for bargains that really aren’t worth it. I say you delete it. Here’s how:

On iPhone, long-press an app, then tap Remove App > Delete App. Tap Delete to confirm.

On Android, touch and hold an app, then tap Remove App > Delete App > Delete.

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In bad company

While Temu collects a lot, it’s nothing compared to Pinduoduo. Remember, they are owned by the same company.

Cybersecurity researchers found it wasn’t just tracking device info and activity — malicious code allowed it to bypass cellphone security settings to spy on other apps, read notifications and messages, and even change settings.

Temu gains full access to all your contacts, calendars, and photo albums, plus all your social media accounts, chats, and texts. In other words, literally everything on your phone.

Why? Company insiders told CNN that it’s a way to spy on users and competitors to boost sales.

No shopping app needs this much control, especially one tied to Communist China. If you’re using Pinduoduo, delete the app from your phone ASAP. It’s also reportedly hard to remove everything, even after you delete it.

Pro tip: If you downloaded Pinduoduo, you really need to do a full factory reset on your smartphone to wipe out any remaining code or tracking.


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Gracie Storvika
Gracie Storvika
15 days ago

It is sickening that the CCP comes at us from all sides, and most of us are not necessarily aware of the danger we are in.

Brian Heinz
Brian Heinz
15 days ago

Too many distractions by the government to see the whole truth. And the media just lies to us, it’s scripted and wonder who does the writing? Ah we all know its the fbi you know the fumbling bureau of inciting crime against the people. Gracie you right makes me sick to see what is happening in our country.

Brian Heinz
Brian Heinz
15 days ago

More inroads to destroy this country. The amount of privacy is on a very short leash these days. We think china is bad our own country is recording every phone call every email and message sent.

The so called super computer they were building the size of a football field. Not a supper computer just storage banks to hold all the illegal wire tapping they are doing.

Our government is out of control and if not reeled in soon it will be so far gone our enemy’s will take advantage of it.

15 days ago

I download very little, and never downloaded TEMU,. However, it pops up on the few games I playCan I get rid of it without removing the game…its older and doesn’t have as much attached as newer ones.

10 days ago
Reply to  PatKat

If you can access the source code in the game you can probable take them off in the older games. Not so sure about the newer ones different platform.
Some of the older games you can change the source code and do things in the game. So if you can you might try there and see.

15 days ago

Thank you for the warning, DrE. I’ve been wondering where that program came from.

15 days ago

Never used this app. In fact, I don’t use any apps (no GPS, shopping, ordering food, etc. Nada). Don’t trust nothing, nobody, nada to use it on my phone.
Local shopping is my cardio 🙂

15 days ago

More Chinese spyware. Just say no to anything of Chinese origin. You may pay more, but you won’t get spied on.