Overseas edition – TikTok’s fire in the U.S. is so wildfired that even the U.S. military can’t ignore its traffic and will be advertising a recruitment ad on it. Many American hawks in China sniffed out the “national security crisis” and made “anti-addiction” rules for young U.S. military officers and soldiers. As a result, the U.S. Navy is now demanding that soldiers, including those in the Marine Corps, be “immediately removed” and that government mobile devices be banned from installing TikTok, following the U.S. Army’s “No TikTok” in military uniforms last month.
Two Marines in tuxedos dance to Tik Tok
The Observer noted that the U.S. Navy first announced on Facebook on December 18 that it had asked Apple users already connected to the Navy/Marine Intranet (NMCI) to remove TikTok. “TikTok is a cyber security threat. Users cannot install TikTok on their mobile devices. If they do not delete, the user will not be allowed to connect to the intranet. ”
In addition, the U.S. Navy has banned the use of users of government mobile devices to install TikTok.
Pictured from Facebook
And yesterday (21), Reuters quoted Pentagon spokesman John Hollande as saying the Navy’s move was to “emphasize existing or emerging threats.” He also revealed that, in fact, the U.S. Department of Defense on the 16th of this month has issued a “cyber security notice” statement, warning of the use of TikTok brought about by the “potential risks.”
In addition, a U.S. Navy spokesman said that until normally, U.S. Navy and Marine Suces are free to use a variety of social software, “but some programs are also banned from time to time,” suggesting that banning TikTok is a routine operation of the U.S. military.
But even Hollande, or a spokesman for the U.S. Navy, did not say exactly what kind of threat TikTok posed.
TikTok, owned by ByteDance, has been on the offensive since joining the international social scene in 2017. On December 16th App Annie, an App analytics firm, released its latest social software rankings, and in nearly a decade, TikTok has reached the seventh highest level in the world in terms of total downloads. The top four ranked by Facebook products.
And compared with this year’s downloads, TikTok beat Facebook’s Instagram to fourth place – a sign that TikTok users are growing faster than some of Facebook’s products on an annual basis. Specifically, TikTok added 614 million users in the past year, bringing its total downloads to 1.5 billion in two years, including 625 million active users.
These users include young American soldiers. The latter is happy to share their training routines on TikTok. By the middle of last month, the “U.S. Military” label on TikTok had generated a large number of videos and about 8.2 billion views. The U.S. Army has taken a fancy to TikTok’s huge traffic and influence among teenagers, and has even begun a recruitment campaign within the app.
U.S. soldier selfie on TikTok Picture: Social media screenshot
A bunch of American hawks couldn’t sit still and began to “three-dimensionally surround” TikTok.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer, for example, wrote to the U.S. military on November 12th “urging” the latter to review the TikTok social platform and ask the U.S. Army to adjust its recruitment drive; Asked to investigate thoroughly whether TikTok posed a “national security risk.”
This is certainly not without the “anti-China pioneer” Rubio’s play. He began his campaign as early as October 6 th, asking the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to review the 2017 musical.ly acquisition of ByteDance.
The U.S. Army responded to the call faster than the U.S. Navy. On November 23rd the U.S. Navy ruled that tikTok videos could not be filmed in military uniforms.
TikTok has repeatedly refuted the allegations. In an interview with The New York Times last month, Jun Zhu, head of TikTok’s products, said TikTok would not censor so-called “sensitive videos”, would not share user data, and would not be a threat. TikTok has also said it will cooperate with U.S. investigations to gain the trust of U.S. users and regulators.
Ironically, while the U.S. military accuses TikTok of “posing a national security threat,” it still favors Facebook, which has leaked 50 million user information. In addition, Facebook was also exposed to “political campaign ads” by the U.S. Congress, the White House investigation. But the Observer found that the U.S. Navy still publishes recruitment ads and promotional videos on Facebook.
The U.S. Navy just posted the latest promotional video on Facebook yesterday (21)