U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices

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    Heads up if you are serving and are using Tiktok...

    Chinese owned social media reports personal interaction data back to the CCCP and directly to their local Police forces in China, and it looks like the USA is concerned the same Chinese owned Social media services used in the US (and World-wide) could also be so compromised.

    U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices

    M.B. Pell, Echo Wang DECEMBER 20, 2019
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-tiktok-navy-idUSKBN1YO2HU

    "(Reuters) - Earlier this week the United States Navy banned the social media app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying the popular short video app represented a “cybersecurity threat.”

    A bulletin issued by the Navy on Tuesday showed up on a Facebook page serving military members, saying users of government issued mobile devices who had TikTok and did not remove the app would be blocked from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.

    The Navy would not describe in detail what dangers the app presents, but Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Uriah Orland said in a statement the order was part of an effort to “address existing and emerging threats”.

    TikTok did not return a request for comment.

    TikTok is hugely popular with U.S. teenagers, but has come under scrutiny from U.S. regulators and lawmakers in recent months. The U.S. government has opened a national security review of the app’s owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly, Reuters first reported last month.

    Last month, U.S army cadets were instructed not to use TikTok, after Senator Chuck Schumer raised security concerns about the army using TikTok in their recruiting.

    A Navy spokesman said Naval and Marine personnel who use government issued smart devices are generally allowed to use popular commercial apps, including common social media apps, but from time to time specific programs that present security threats are banned. He would not give examples of apps that are allowed or those considered unsafe.

    The Pentagon’s Orland said the “Cyber Awareness Message” sent Dec. 16 “identifies the potential risk associated with using the TikTok app and directs appropriate action for employees to take in order to safeguard their personal information.”""

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    U.S. AIR FORCE BANNED TIK TOK?!
    Nov 22, 2019
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    MR. KING OF PHENOMENAL 1 month ago
    "The Air force made the right decision. Tbh no offense to anyone who loves TIK TOK but TIK TOK is cringe and weird."

    Michael Lynch 1 month ago
    "Tiktok is From China. ROTC trains you for not months but for years before going into the military. Using tiktok on a military platform could jeopardize National Security."

    Andrew Rodgers 1 month ago
    "That's actually for Army ROTC, the LTC who sent that email is the battalion commander for my school's ROTC program. We all thought it was hilarious when he sent it."

    Frostbitten 1 month ago
    "Tik Tok is Chinese owned and requires access to one’s phone in order to download. Social media standards for those in uniform needs to be more restricted. I see too many brand new, freshly graduated kids trying to make it famous online for the fact the are military. Showing their everyday lives while on duty. ... needs to be stopped."

    Frostbitten 1 month ago
    "Jayqwilyn freaking ridiculous man. Dopamine addiction and likes are making people stupid. Terms of service literally requires a Chinese owned app full access to the phone."

    And we wonder why China's CCCP / Tencent closed off all access to Western Social Media years ago... and the CCCP did that so quickly it's like their own efforts creating spying on Social Media told them what they needed to know about blocking non-CCCP Social Media.

    IMHO, here in the US we are too trusting, too clueless, or simply oblivious.
     
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