U.S. Navy Bans TikTok From Government Issued Devices Over Cybersecurity Concerns

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The United States Navy has issued a blanket ban on the Chinese-owned social media app, TikTok. Navy officials say the app may present a ‘cybersecurity threat’ to service members. This is not the first time that the app has been under scrutiny due to its Chinese ownership. In fact, the United States has opened a national security review into TikTok owner, ByteDance, for its $1 billion acquisition of Musical.ly.

The Navy’s decision to ban TikTok follows a similar move by the U.S. Army, which instructed its cadets not to use the app. Senator Chuck Schumer has also raised concerns about the Army using TikTok to recruit new members. It appears that the Navy’s decision is part of a larger crackdown on cybersecurity threats.

The bulletin issued by the Navy showed up on a Facebook page for military families last Friday. The announcement says government-issued mobile devices with TikTok installed would be blocked from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet. The bulletin did not describe in detail what threat the app may represent. Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Uriah Orland said the order was part of a crackdown on ‘existing and emerging threats.’

TikTok has not responded to the government ban. The app is currently part of an ongoing U.S. investigation, despite being popular among teenagers. The Navy spokesperson says most commercial apps are allowed on their devices. However, from time to time, ‘specific programs that present security threats are banned.’ The spokesperson did not give examples of other apps that were banned from being installed on government devices.

The message posted on Facebook was titled, “Cyber Awareness Message” and was intended to raise awareness of potential risks. The message ‘directs appropriate action for employees to take to safeguard their personal information,’ a Pentagon official explained. The move may have to do with location tracking. A recent article in the New York Times was able to re-create President Trump’s movements by following his secret service detail. The Times was also able to deanonymize data from 2016 to track Trump’s location using location pings from a smartphone.

The ban on TikTok raises concerns about the cybersecurity of other popular apps. As more and more people use mobile devices to stay connected, there is a growing need to ensure that these devices are secure. The government is taking steps to address this issue, but it is up to individual users to be vigilant about the apps they use and the information they share.

The ban on TikTok also highlights the growing tension between the United States and China. The Trump administration has been taking a hard line on China, particularly when it comes to trade and technology. The ban on TikTok suggests that the government sees Chinese-owned apps as potential threats to national security.

In conclusion, the Navy’s decision to ban TikTok is part of a larger crackdown on cybersecurity threats. The move raises concerns about the cybersecurity of other popular apps and highlights the growing tension between the United States and China. It is up to individual users to be vigilant about the apps they use and the information they share.

One Response

  1. Rocko

    The Chinese Communist Party is a den of spies that need to be walled off from the rest of the world. We have created monsters out of China and also Russia. Neither one of these countries has any perception or memory of actual freedom. They are both real threats, not just to the USA, but other nations as well, which better wake up soon.