Army cadets have been instructed not to use the TikTok social media app while in uniform, an Army official told Task & Purpose on Thursday.
Maj. Gen. John Evans, head of U.S. Army Cadet Command, "directed all ROTC and JROTC units verify that the TikTok application was not being used for official purposes," Lt. Col. Nichole Downs, a spokeswoman, said in a statement. "No guidance was issued regarding Cadets' private use of TikTok."
The U.S. military has not issued any warnings about using the highly popular Chinese-owned social media app TikTok in the wake of reports that the U.S. government has launched a review into possible national security risks.
NEW YORK/BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co's $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly, according to three people familiar with the matter.
While the $1 billion acquisition was completed two years ago, U.S. lawmakers have been calling in recent weeks for a national security probe into TikTok, concerned the Chinese company may be censoring politically sensitive content, and raising questions about how it stores personal data.