The US Navy has banned the installation of TikTok on government-provided smartphones. The app was considered a threat to national security, although the reasons that led to the implementation of the measure were not specified. The message shared by navy members states that they should take steps to "safeguard their personal information".
It is recalled that the application has worried some US politicians as it is owned by a Chinese company. It is therefore feared that the app will serve to channel data to Chinese government agencies.
There is no evidence that the app is being used by the Chinese government to collect data from its users, but the platform's popularity gives it a potential risk that the US Navy prefers to safeguard.
The US military has also recently told cadets to stop using TikTok.
ByteDance, creator of the app, has not yet commented on the ban. The company had previously stated that TikTok USA's operations were independent of TikTok China's operations and rejected the idea that it was being used by the government to get data to it.