The U.S. Navy has reportedly banned the TikTok app from working on government-issued mobile devices because of concerns about cyber security. Reuters reported on Friday that the U.S. Navy said in a military post on its Facebook page earlier this week that those who did not remove the short video app would be denied access by the Navy’s internal network.
Neither the Navy nor TikTok immediately responded to requests for comment, but a Pentagon spokesman told Reuters the ban was part of a “solution to existing and emerging threats.”
The spokesman said the announcement “identifies the potential risks associated with the use of the TikTok application and directs employees to take appropriate action to protect their personal information.” “However, the Navy will not reveal the details of what danger tikTok poses.
TikTok is owned by Beijing-based Byte Dance, and U.S. officials have been concerned for some time about the products of Chinese technology companies, saying they could be used for espionage and other threatening activities.
Last month, the U.S. Army banned cadets from using TikTok, Reuters said, after Senator Chuck Schumer expressed concern about the use of the app.