Aside from being a fancy form of “spyware for the Chinese Communist Party”, TikTok seems to have a tendency to bring out the worst in people for “fifteen minutes of fame”- and the US Army is no exception.
Now, one Soldier has effectively justified why the Department of Defense is taking serious moves to ban TikTok in a multitude of ways.
The criminal investigation-inducing incident involved a US Army “sergeant” pointing a loaded weapon at a specialist after the aforementioned E-4 claimed the M-9 pistol was “clear.”
The video was an upload from Kyle Benton, a former lower enlisted infantryman who appeared in the video and waited until he left the Army to upload the “skit.”
Benton went on to claim the ammunition was loaded with dummy rounds.
According to Military.com, Benton was surprised that people didn’t like the video, and deleted it after he received “threatening comments.”
Army investigators from Fort Drum, New York, reached out to Benton to discuss the video, but he declined to speak with them.
“I just want people to stop thinking I was the person holding the gun so they can stop threatening me,” he said. “I will never reveal the person who was holding it.”
That said, Benton admitted he regrets posting the video, but has not spoken for other questionable content on his TikTok account.
In recent years, TikTok has become a go-to for military personnel who are seemingly willing to make the military look unprofessional, with a recent case being a US Marine who, upon returning to the US from Japan, threw a profanity-laced temper tantrum over the tired issue of wearing masks.
Previously, SnapChat held the crown for being the infamous source of documenting military antics, but it has since been dethroned by the Chinese-originated app.
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