[January 13, 2023](Epoch Times reporter Dai Furuo comprehensive report) Citing security concerns, members of the US Congress and a growing number of governors are banning TikTok (the overseas version of Douyin) from government equipment.24 states, several universities, the U.S. Congress, the Department of Defense, and various federal agencies have releasedban.
The lawmakers said they were concerned that the Chinese government might have access to American user data. The short-video app, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Co Ltd, has more than 100 million users in the United States.
Nebraska is first to implement TikTokbanstates, the ban was implemented in August 2020.
Starting in December, more than two dozen states and Congress blocked government employees’ devices from using the app.
24 states ban TikTok on state devices
As of now, 24 states have prohibited public officials from using TikTok on work devices such as mobile phones and laptops, and in some cases on their Wi-Fi networks. Some government-run TikTok accounts, such as those of the South Dakota Department of Tourism and the Ohio Department of Transportation, have also been shut down.
The governors of Wisconsin and Baccalaureate announced on Thursday (January 12) that TikTok will be banned on state government devices, the latest two states to issue such bans.
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox said the executive order banning TikTok on state devices will “ensure that the people of Utah can trust the state’s security systems.”
“All of these things are in the hands of a government that doesn’t share our values,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said at an event at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy in December 2022. hands, an administration whose mission is so at odds with America’s best interests.” “That should worry us.”
At least 24 states have announced bans since December: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska Alaska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and North Carolina State. Leaders in other states have announced plans for bans. Most of these are states controlled by Republican governors.
Florida, Louisiana, West Virginia and Pennsylvania banned the use of TikTok on some state agencies.
In the December lawsuit, Indiana claimed that the Chinese government could use TikTok’s data to spy on, blackmail or coerce users, and demanded changes to the app’s practices.
Software from other Chinese companies faces similar restrictions.
Democratic governor follows up and expands ban
On January 8, Democratic Governor Mike DeWine of Ohio issued an executive order banning the use of TikTok, Twitter, etc. on the devices of public officials.WeChatAnd a series of other Chinese software and applications.
In addition to TikTok, Ohio also prohibits the use of several other Chinese apps on state devices, including: Tencent QQ, Tencent Video, QQ International (QQi), Qzone,WeChatWeibo, Meituan, Toutiao, Alipay, Xiami Music, Tiantian Music, DingTalk, Douban, Renren, Youku Tudou, Xiaohongshu, Zhihu.
On January 9, New Jersey Democratic Governor Phil Murphy (Phil Murphy) issued a cybersecurity directive prohibiting the use of a range of high-risk Chinese software and services on state-provided or managed equipment, including TikTok, WeChat , QQ, Huawei and many other Chinese companies and software.
Software vendors, products, and services prohibited in New Jersey include:
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Zhejiang Dahua Technology Co., Ltd. (also doing business as “Dahua”), Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology Co., Ltd. (also doing business as “Hikvision”), Tencent Holdings Limited’s (Including but not limited to) WeChat, QQ, QQ Wallet, Alibaba’s products (Including but not limited to) Alipay, Alibaba Mobile App, Hytera, ZTE, TikTok of ByteDance Co., Ltd. (including but not limited to) , and Kaspersky Lab in Russia.
On January 12, Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (Tony Evers) signed an executive order prohibiting the use of TikTok and WeChat on devices owned and managed by the state government.
In addition to banning state equipment from using Chinese-owned TikTok, Wisconsin will ban suppliers, products and services from nine companies, including China’s Huawei Technologies, Hikvision, Tencent Holdings, ZTE, and Russia’s Kaspersky Experiment Room (Kaspersky Lab).
Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina, who also enacted a ban on software and apps from Chinese companies like TikTok and WeChat on the same day, raised similar concerns.
“Protecting North Carolina from cyber threats is critical to ensuring the safety, security, privacy and success of our state and its people,” Cooper said. “
U.S. colleges start banning TikTok
Many colleges have followed suit after the governor issued a ban on using TikTok on school-owned devices or their wireless networks.
The University of Georgia system, which includes more than 26 public universities and colleges, changed its policy following a December directive from Gov. Brian Kemp to ban the use of TikTok, WeChat and Telegram on computers and phones owned by universities and colleges.
Schools such as the University of Idaho and the University of Oklahoma have also announced bans on TikTok on university and state-owned devices.
After Idaho Gov. Brad Little announced a ban on TikTok on state devices and networks, colleges and universities in the state also deleted their TikTok accounts and blocked access to Wi-Fi networks on campus. Access the application on . Students, faculty, staff and visitors to Idaho public universities can no longer access TikTok on the campus internet.
The University of Oklahoma has banned students, faculty and staff from using the social media app TikTok. Pursuant to the Governor’s executive order, no university employee or student may access the TikTok application or website on a university-owned or operated device, and access to the TikTok platform will be blocked from the campus network. The university is also demanding that TikTok accounts managed by the university be deleted and replaced with other social media platforms.
Auburn University in Alabama banned access to TikTok via university WiFi or university devices, beginning to block access on December 12, 2022.
federal government and congress
Former U.S. President Donald Trump sought to ban TikTok unless it sold its U.S. operations to U.S. companies.
After the Biden administration came to power, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (Cfius) has been trying to negotiate with TikTok on how to protect the information of American users from China. But those talks have been delayed as some factions on the committee lean toward trying to force the sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations to a U.S. company, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Some members of Congress have pushed to ban TikTok in the United States, introducing legislation in the House and Senate last month.
At the federal level, Congress passed a bill in December that included a ban on TikTok on federal government phones. Lawmakers cited potential cybersecurity risks. The Chinese government could order TikTok to collect data and information about Americans or influence the videos they display on the app, officials said.
due to worryNational SecurityQuestion, the U.S. Congress, Department of Defense, and various federal agencies have banned the installation of TikTok on their devices.
Responsible editor: Lin Yan#