ANNAPOLIS, Md. ( Associated Press) – The Maryland government on Tuesday banned the use of TikTok and other Chinese and Russian-based platforms on the state’s computer network, fearing they could pose a cyber threat.
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s move came the same day Wisconsin Republican lawmakers asked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to remove TikTok from all public tools in the state, including his own, as a threat to national security.
Hogan announced an emergency decree prohibiting the use of such platforms, saying they may be involved in cyber espionage, surveillance of public entities, or improper collection of personal information.
According to the decree, state agencies should remove those apps from all state networks and implement measures to prevent installation of such apps and impose restrictions to prevent their use or access.
In Wisconsin, lawmakers told Evers that the popular video app should be taken down because it could be used by the Chinese government to spy on users or promote Communist Party propaganda.
The letter, signed by Sen. Ron Johnson and Representatives Mike Gallagher, Tom Tiffany, Glenn Grothman, states, “Wisconsinites expect their governor to be made aware of the dangerous national security threats posed by TikTok and to use this opportunity for PCC intelligence operations.” Will protect them.” , Brian Steele and Scott Fitzgerald.
Brit Cuddaback, a spokeswoman for Evers, said on Twitter: “What I love best about this ‘we want to work together’ statement from the Wisconsin Republicans is that they send a formal three-page letter when they “Of course they did it in a bipartisan spirit!” said the official, referring to an article that appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which was the first to report the letter.
A week ago, South Dakota Gov. Christy Noem, a Republican, banned state employees and contractors from using TikTok on official equipment, citing its ties to China. The governor of South Carolina, also a Republican, announced a similar ban on Monday.