University of Oklahoma joins list of entities banning TikTok

The University of Oklahoma joins the growing list of governments and entities banning the use of TikTok over privacy and security concerns with the China-linked video posting platform.

The decision was announced Tuesday in an email to students following Republican Gov. J. Kevin Stitt’s order to ban TikTok on state phones and devices.

“Effective immediately, no university employee or student will be able to access the TikTok application or website on university-owned or controlled devices, including OU wired and wireless networks,” said David Horton, the chief information officer. from the university and senior associate vice president, to students.

“As a result of the executive order, access to the TikTok platform is blocked and cannot be accessed from the campus network,” the letter reads. “University-controlled TikTok accounts should be removed and alternative social media platforms used instead.”

Fears that Americans’ data on TikTok could fall prey to the Chinese government have contributed to the Trump administration’s overhaul of the platform and a desire to limit its operation in the US

The Biden administration upheld the review while replacing an executive order restricting transactions with TikTok’s parent company.

Congress’s new omnibus bill to fund government operations would ban TikTok on government devices, with exceptions for “law enforcement activities, national security interests and activities, and security researchers.”

“TikTok will soon be BAN on all government devices,” tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri and leading proponent of the ban.

Mr Hawley characterized the social media app, which many young people use to post dance moves and other content, as a Trojan horse for the communist Chinese government to collect data on Americans.

TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, recently issued a statement to Fox News criticizing “politically motivated bans that will do nothing to advance the national security of the United States.”

Many states are taking action to remove the platform from government officials’ devices. Texas, Maryland and South Carolina are among those that this month imposed new restrictions on TikTok use by state officials.

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued a similar order last month.

Ryan Lovelace contributed to this story.

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