The U.S. Army has decided to ban TikTok, and soldiers will no longer be able to use the app on government-owned phones. Army spokesman, Colonel Robin Ochoa, told Military.com on December 30: “TikTok is considered a cyber threat”. Ironically, the army reportedly used the app to recruit members before the ban.
Earlier this month, the U.S. Navy and the Department of Defense issued alerts to TikTok. The Navy has previously told soldiers not to install the application, and if it is already installed, it needs to be removed from government-issued devices. According to Military.com, the Department of Defense has also instructed employees “to be vigilant about downloaded applications, monitor for anomalies and unsolicited text in phones, etc., and immediately delete them and uninstall the app to circumvent any leakage of personal information.”
According to reports, Byte Beats is seeking to sell its stake in TikTok because of the growing pressure the company faces in the US. TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service from ByteDance. Recall that the US and China have been at loggerheads over multiple issues. It now appears that the fracas between both regions is not ending anytime soon. We will update you with relevant information as events unfold.