Lawmakers are urging the United States Armed Forces to drop TikTok as an approved app. Service members in the US can no longer use TikTok on government-issued smartphones, according to Reuters, due to the popular video-sharing app’s emergence as a “cybersecurity threat.”
Both the Navy and the Army are disabling smartphones with TikTok currently installed. Any members still using the app are now unable to access branch intranets. In a statement, Navy Lieutenant Colonel Uriah Orland confirmed TikTok has been banned to “address existing and emerging threats.” Simply put: the US government doesn’t trust developer ByteDance, and that’s enough for the US Armed Forces to act.
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