TikTok bans are enacted in numerous US jurisdictions; a security firm reports that most access is prohibited globally
TikTok is now only partially accessible on official computers in 19 out of the 50 US states.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: Due to worries that China would exploit the popular social media platform TikTok to follow Americans and censor material, state agencies in Louisiana and West Virginia were the latest to prohibit its usage on government-controlled devices on Monday.
Currently, TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., is only partially accessible on government computers in 19 of the 50 US states. The majority of the limitations began within the last two weeks.
Last week, some congressmen suggested an international ban, which would follow nations like India that have already outlawed its usage.
Since the middle of this year, the government customers of Jamf Holding Corp, which offers software to businesses to enable filtering and security measures on iPhones and other Apple devices, have increasingly barred access to the app.
On devices controlled by Jamf’s public sector clients worldwide, including school districts and various other agencies, almost 65% of TikTok connection attempts have been banned this month, up from 10% in June, the business reported.
On Monday, an app released a statement that was previously released, expressing disappointment that “so many states are jumping on the political bandwagon to pass regulations based on unsubstantiated claims about TikTok that will do nothing to promote the national security of the United States.”
In Louisiana, Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin claimed to have blocked apps on all the devices that belong to his office, citing potential security risks but failing to mention any actual problems. State auditor for West Virginia, JB McCuskey, claimed he followed suit for his organisation.
For months, US officials and TikTok have been discussing a national security agreement that would allay worries about China’s access to the information on TikTok’s more than 100 million US users.
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