The U.S. Army this week joined the Navy in banning soldiers from using TikTok, the popular Chinese-owned video app marred by troublesome data handling practices, pegging it as a national security risk.

“The U.S. Army's decision to ban TikTok is yet another sign of the growing suspicion and mistrust U.S. authorities feel towards the Chinese-developed social media platform,” said Ray Walsh, data privacy advocate at

"It is considered a cyber threat," a report cited Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Robin Ochoa as saying. "We do not allow it on government phones."

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