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Army Follows Pentagon Guidance, Bans Chinese-Owned TikTok App!


"It is considered a cyber threat," Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa, an Army spokeswoman, told Military.com. "We do not allow it on government phones."

The U.S. Navy recently put out similar guidance, prohibiting the use of TiKTok on government phones, according to reports by Gizmodo and other publications.

The policy reversal on TikTok comes after the release of a Dec. 16 Defense Department Cyber Awareness Message identifying "TikTok as having potential security risks associated with its use," according to the message.

The guidance directs all Defense Department employees 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."

Military.com reached out to the Marine Corps and the Air Force to see whether they had released similar guidance involving TikTok but did not receive a response by press time.

The services cannot ban personnel from using TiKTok on their personal phones, but Army leaders recommend that service members use caution if they receive random or unfamiliar text messages, Ochoa said.

In the past, the DoD has put out more general social media guidelines, advising personnel to proceed with caution when using any social platform, according to past guidance.

All DoD personnel are required to take annual cyber awareness training that covers the threats that social media can pose, according to the guidance.

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TikTok (Chinese: 抖音; Dǒuyīn) is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service that has infiltrated the America Media world. Its owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy and talent videos.

Developer(s)‎: ‎ByteDance

Initial release‎: ‎September 2016; 3 years ago. ...
License‎: ‎Proprietary software with Terms of Use
Stable release‎: ‎15.5.0 / 31 March 2020

TikTok and Douyin are similar to each other and essentially the same app, however they run on separate servers to comply with Chinese censorship restrictions. The application allows users to create short music and lip-sync videos of 3 to 15 seconds[7][8] and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. The app is popular in Asia, the United States, and other parts of the world. TikTok and Douyin's servers are based in countries where the apps are available.[9]

After merging with musical.ly in August, downloads rose and TikTok became the most downloaded app in the US in October 2018, the first Chinese app to achieve this.

As of 2018, it was available in over 150 markets and in 75 languages. In February 2019, TikTok, together with Douyin, hit one billion downloads globally, excluding Android installs in China.

In 2019, media outlets cited TikTok as the 7th-most-downloaded mobile app of the decade, from 2010 to 2019.It was also the most-downloaded app on the App Store in 2018 and 2019.

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(If you are a user having your usual residence in the US)
Last updated: February 2019

On 3 April 2019, the Madras High Court while hearing a PIL had asked the Government of India to ban the app, citing that it "encourages pornography". The court also noted that children using the app were at risk of being targeted by sexual predators. ... India's TikTok ban might have cost the app 15 million new users.

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