Published on December 24th, 2019 📆 | 8576 Views ⚑0
Why did the US Army and Navy use and now ban TikTok?
Members of the US military will no longer be able to use the TikTok app on government-provided smartphones, as legislators believe that the use of this app poses an information security risk.
A statement signed by US Navy Lieutenant
Colonel Uriah Orland confirmed that both the Army and Navy have banned the use
of TikTok in connection with preventing some existing and future cybersecurity
threats. In addition, smartphones delivered by these organizations which have
TikTok already installed have been disabled. The reason is distrust of ByteDance,
the app developer company.
The US government provides special smartphones
to members of the military and navy, which have certain security locks that
prevent the download of some commercial apps. Because TikTok has been wrapped
in some information security scandals, the government has decided to include it
on its blacklist of unreliable apps. Other government organizations could take
The US Army had been using TikTok in some recruiting
phases; however, Chuck Schumer, a Democratic senator for New York, advised
members of these organizations to stop using the app because of the possible
relationship between the company established in Beijing, and the Chinese
According to information security specialists,
the US authorities fear that this app will divert the information of members of
the armed forces to some servers controlled by the Chinese
government, and they also fear that TikTok’s managers will implement
censorship campaigns against users and content creators who post material
deemed critical of the Chinese government.
On the other hand, ByteDance has repeatedly
denied any information sharing relationship with the Chinese government,
although they have not yet commented on the statements of the US armed forces.
Information security specialists from the International Institute of Cyber
Security (IICS) point out that while this is not yet a formal ban, company
representatives should exercise cautions and collaborate with US lawmakers,
besides waiting for news about TikTok future in West.
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