The US Navy has issued a policy banning the social media app TikTok from government-issued mobile devices, saying the China-owned video messaging service is a “cybersecurity threat.”
Authorities will block devices with the app from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet.
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.
U.S. Navy bans TikTok from government-issued mobile devices
[Reuters, December 20, 2019, M.B. Pell, Echo Wang]
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