According to Breitbart, North Dakota Republican Gov. Doug Burgum became the latest in a growing list of states to ban TikTok from government devices.
The governor announced on Tuesday that he had signed an executive order prohibiting the Chinese-owned social media app from being installed on any state electronic infrastructure.
North Dakota part of a growing trend
“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,” Valley News Live quoted Burgum as saying.
Burgum’s move wasn’t unique, as it came the same day that Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds instructed the Iowa Department of Management’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to strip TikTok from all state-owned devices.
“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,” Reynolds said in a press release put out by her office.
“They trust us with their personal and confidential information and we will take every step possible to protect it, including from the Chinese government,” she stressed, adding, “The safety of Iowans is my number one priority and that includes their cybersecurity.”
Alabama govt. also bans popular app
Breitbart noted that those actions came one day after Alabama Republican Gov. Kay Ivey put forward a similar rule in her state.
“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,” Ivey said in a statement.
“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 continued.
“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,” the governor concluded.
Sen. Marco Rubio seeks to ban TikTok outright
Meanwhile, Breitbart reported last month that South Dakota Republican Gov. already took a stand against TikTok last month, saying, “South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us.”
“The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.”
The state-level pushback against TikTok comes even as Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has put forward legislation that would ban the social media platform outright.
A press release from Rubio’s office says the bill would prohibit “any social media company in, or under the influence of, China, Russia, and several other foreign countries of concern” from operating in the United States.