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Top US Marine says young troops should not be blamed for using TikTok, responsibility is with senior leaders

Top US Marine says young troops should not be blamed for using TikTok, responsibility is with senior leaders
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Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, said concerns over a service members' use of Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.




Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."




Foreign-owned apps like TikTok have prompted concern from lawmakers and the military in recent months.




"That's not their fault. That's on us," Berger said. "Once they begin to understand the risks, what the impact to them is tactically … then it becomes clear. I don't blame them for that. This is a training and education that we have to do."




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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Gen. David Berger, the US Marine Corps commandant, suggested the concerns surrounding a service members' use of questionable Chinese-owned apps like TikTok should be directed against the military's leadership, rather than the individual troops.
Speaking at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California, on Saturday morning, Berger said the younger generation of troops had a "clearer view" of the technology "than most people give them credit for."
"That said, I'd give us a 'C-minus' or a 'D' in educating the force on the threat of even technology," Berger said. "Because they view it as two pieces of gear, 'I don't see what the big deal is.'"
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