CJR Staff
December 17, 2022

States Join In Shocking Move Against China's TikTok

A new group of states has taken action against TikTok.

The action against the popular social media platform comes amid concerns of the Chinese Communist Party using the app to spy on Americans.

"A recently released Rasmussen Reports poll shows that Americans are concerned that the CCP could use the app to 'collect sensitive national security information from U.S. government employees and develop profiles on millions of Americans to use for blackmail or espionage,' and most support congressional action on the matter," reports Breitbart.

Individual state leaders are speaking out about it and taking action.

State Leaders Taking Action Against TikTok

"Protecting the state of Alabama and our citizens’ right to privacy is a must, and I surely don’t take a security threat from China lightly," said Alabama Governor, Republican Kay Ivey.

"After we discussed this with our OIT secretary, I came to the no brainer decision to ban the use of the TikTok app on our state devices and network," she said.

"Look, I’m no TikTok user, but the evidence speaks for itself, and I want to make sure I’m doing everything we can as a state to stand against this growing security risk," she concluded.

"It is clear that TikTok represents a national security risk to our country and I refuse to subject the citizens of Iowa to that risk," said Iowa Republican Governor Kim Reynolds.

"They trust us with their personal and confidential information and we will take every step possible to protect it, including from the Chinese government. The safety of Iowans is my number one priority and that includes their cybersecurity," she said.

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) followed suit, banning TikTok from the devices used in executive branch agencies.

"Protecting citizens’ data is our top priority, and our IT professionals have determined, in consultation with federal officials, that TikTok raises multiple flags in terms of the amount of data it collects and how that data may be shared with and used by the Chinese government," said North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum.

"Reducing this security risk is the right thing to do, and we would offer NDIT’s support to assist and advise any partner entities that wish to pursue similar measures," added Burgum.

What do you think about multiple states taking action against TikTok? See the full list and more comments from state leaders here.

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Source: Breitbart

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