U.S. Military cadets informed to not use TikTok in uniform

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(Information) – U.S. Military cadets have been this week instructed to not use China-owned social media app TikTok whereas representing the navy, an Military spokeswoman stated on Friday, amid considerations over the app’s dealing with of person information.

FILE PHOTO: An individual holds a smartphone with Tik Tok emblem displayed on this image illustration taken November 7, 2019. Information/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Picture

The directive comes after Chuck Schumer, the highest Democrat within the U.S. Senate, urged the Military to overview potential dangers in its use of the favored video app for recruiting American youngsters.

On Thursday, Military Secretary Ryan McCarthy stated the Military was enterprise a safety evaluation of the app, which is owned by tech big Beijing ByteDance Know-how Co.

The U.S. Military Cadet Command, which issued the order, oversees the Reserve Officers Coaching Corp, ROTC, and Junior ROTC, to coach college and highschool college students for the navy. The steerage from cadet command was issued with a view to “err on the facet of warning”, an Military spokeswoman stated.

Whereas cadets can nonetheless use the app for their very own private use, the steerage would prohibit them posting TikToks for recruitment, whereas in uniform or performing official duties. The directive was first reported by on-line military-focused publication Process & Objective.

A Information search of the hashtags “#rotc” and “#jrotc” discovered a number of TikToks of younger women and men in U.S. navy uniforms lip-syncing, dancing and performing coaching workouts.

TikTok didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

The corporate has beforehand harassed its independence from Beijing and stated no U.S. person information is saved in China, nevertheless it has didn’t assuage congressional considerations concerning the safety of the non-public information of U.S. residents utilizing the app and whether or not content material on the platform is topic to censorship from Beijing.

The Committee on Overseas Funding in the USA (CFIUS) has launched a nationwide safety overview of ByteDance’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly.

An Military spokeswoman stated the Military has not given another particular steerage on the usage of TikTok, however that it does have formal social media steerage that applies to the usage of all present and rising social media platforms.

“We additionally constantly remind troopers to stay vigilant concerning the dangers of utilizing any social media platform when sharing their private info and information,” she stated.

Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford; Modifying by Peter Henderson and Daniel Wallis