As per a report by Reuters, the US Navy banned TikTok from government-issued mobile devices as it represented a cybersecurity threat. The employees were said to remove the app to safeguard their personal information. The bulletin noted that devices that had the short video sharing app installed would be blocked from the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet. According to a Pentagon spokesman who issued a statement to Reuters, the move is part of an effort to address existing and emerging threats. Other social media apps are generally allowed on government-issued devices in the US.
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States last month launched an inquiry into the acquisition of the social media app Musical.ly by Beijing based tech firm ByteDance for $1 billion. Also, according to CNBC, the government organization had concerns about how user data was being handled and whether Chinese authorities could access it.
A Navy spokesman said Naval and Marine personnel who use government-issued smart devices are generally allowed to use popular commercial apps, including common social media apps.