Happy new year, Guys.
Today, I will publish a post about TikTok that has been banned for United States Army Soldier due to worries where the application owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company.
Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa, United States Army spokeswoman, has told Military.com on 30th December that “It is considered as a cyber threat“
Around October last year, lawmakers have been called for an investigation and as a result, TikTok has been under scrutiny from CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States). The investigation’s purpose is to verify whether the Chinese government is been collecting data on the users.
On 25 October 2019, TikTok has stated in their blog that
It hasn’t removed content because it was asked to do so by the Chinese government, and would not do so in the future. The company added that it stores its US user data in the US (with a backup in Singapore), so it is not subject to Chinese law.
A report from Bloomberg on December 23rd has been dismissed by the ByteDance company where it denies selling its stake within TikTok due to the high pressure coming from the US.
An Army Spokesperson has said to CNET that
The Army is following (Office of the Secretary of Defense) guidance on this,There was a Cyber Awareness Message sent out on 16 December that identifies TikTok as having potential security risks associated with its use. The message directs appropriate action for employees to take in order to safeguard their personal information. The guidance is to be wary of applications you download, monitor your phones for unusual and unsolicited texts etc. and delete them immediately and uninstall TikTok to circumvent any exposure of personal information