While it may be the fastest-growing social network in the history of the internet, TikTok is also becoming a fast-growing security threat. According to a notice published by the U.S. Navy, TikTok will no longer be allowed to be installed on service members’ devices. Violation may result in people facing expulsion from the military service’s intranet.
This is just the latest example of the challenges facing the extremely popular app. Recently, Congress led by Missouri senator Josh Hawley demanded a national security review of TikTok and its Sequoia-backed parent company ByteDance, along with other tech companies that may share data with foreign governments like China. Concerns over the leaking of confidential communications recently led the U.S. government to demand the unwinding of the acquisition of gay social network app Grindr from its Chinese owner Beijing Kunlun.
Companies on both sides of the Pacific are struggling with a policy on both sides. Chinese companies like ByteDance are increasingly being targeted and driven out of the U.S. market, while American companies have struggled for a long time to get a foothold in China.