(ConservativeHub.com) – Millions of people love TikTok. The addictive social media app shows short videos of people dancing, sharing life hacks, reporting news, and everything in between. However, some leaders and officials have been critical of the China-based company and wonder what it is doing with all the data it collects from Americans. Now, some states are banning the app from government use.
South Dakota Governor Bans TikTok from State Agencies
On Tuesday, November 29, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem (R) signed an executive order banning state employees, contractors, and agencies from using TikTok on devices provided by work.
South Dakota is banning TikTok for state government.
We will have no part in intelligence gathering for China, a nation that hates America. I hope other states quickly follow this example and protect the vital private information of our citizens. pic.twitter.com/rJ2H2k0Rlk
— Governor Kristi Noem (@govkristinoem) November 29, 2022
In the following days, the South Dakota State Department deleted its account on the network that had 60,000 followers, according to the Wall Street Journal. A public broadcaster and universities are following suit. These moves are similar to the one Nebraska took in 2020, when it banned the government and its employees from using the app for work.
Other States Move to Enact Similar Bans
On Monday, December 5, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster (R) asked his state department to remove the controversial app from work-related devices. Within hours of that announcement, the Arkansas legislature also proposed a bill to ban TikTok from its state-owned computers, phones, and tablets.
The following day, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) followed suit, and on Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) also banned state employees from using TikTok. He also asked his Lieutenant Governor and House Speaker in a letter to pass legislation codifying the app ban into law. He emphasized that the state must “stop the Chinese government’s efforts to collect, store, and distribute Texans’ data and personal information.”
Today, the State of Maryland is issuing an emergency cybersecurity directive to prohibit the use of certain Chinese and Russian-influenced products and platforms in state government—including TikTok.
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) December 6, 2022
Indiana Sues TikTok as Controversy Boils Over
In another layer of the anti-TikTok movement, the state of Indiana chose to file a lawsuit against the video-sharing app on Wednesday, December 7. The state’s Attorney General, Todd Rokita, believes the app goes against his state’s consumer protection laws. While the company says it does not share American data with the Chinese government, it has continued to face allegations.
The Indiana AG office also highlighted that the app says it’s for users age 12 and up in the App Store, but Rokita believes the sex and drug content all over the app should warrant a higher rating.
All of this pushback comes as the FBI has repeatedly expressed national security concerns over the application years after Trump tried to ban it. If this years-long battle continues, could it be the beginning of the end for TikTok in America?
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