WASHINGTON — Sen. Chuck Schumer is questioning the US Army’s decision to try to recruit Gen Z’ers using TikTok and other China-owned social media platforms, raising concerns about privacy and national security.
Schumer, a New York Democrat and the party’s leader in the Senate, wrote a letter to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Nov. 7 requesting the military branch assess the national security risks associated with the platform. TikTok, a popular video-sharing application launched in 2017, became the US’s most downloaded app in 2018, with two-thirds of its users under the age of 30, according to a third party estimate. The Army turned to TikTok and other social media platforms in 2019 after recruiting numbers slumped the year before by more than 6,000 soldiers.
“While I recognize that the Army must adapt its recruiting techniques in order to attract young Americans to serve, I urge you to
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