Bytedance-owned TikTok has been banned for the US Army soldiers owing to its threat. According to a report, it could compromise national security or can be used to keep an eye on Americans.
The Beijing-based content creation app has had a record of privacy concerns. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has been scrutinizing TikTok after an investigation was called to see if users’ data was being collected by the Chinese Government through the app.
Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa said in a statement, “It is considered a cyber threat.” The US Navy last month issued a warning to its members to not install the app and to delete it from the government. According to military.com, the exact warning issued was – “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.”
Senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) have expressed concerns that the app was used to divert the Hong Kong elections. But the company maintains its stance by adding that the data, in this case, the US, is stored locally with a backup in Singapore.
It was earlier reported that TikTok was considering selling its stakes in TikTok but the company quickly dismissed the rumors. This isn’t the first time TikTok is being banned. It also faced a similar ban in India but it was lifted soon after.