North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum has banned the use of popular video app TikTok on state-owned devices, joining other Republican governors who have done the same, citing Chinese ownership of the platform and growing national security concerns. Is.
Burgum announced the executive order Tuesday night. Apart from prohibiting the use of TikTok on government equipment or devices connected to the state network, it also prohibits access to the platform’s website.
“TikTok raises a number of concerns about the amount of data it collects and how that data may be shared and used by the Chinese government,” Burgum said in a statement.
North Dakota is the latest state to condemn the cyber security risks posed by the platform owned by Chinese company ByteDance.
Last week, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, also a Republican, banned the use of TikTok and some platforms based in China and Russia on state electronic devices. Not long ago, Kristi Noem, the Republican governor of South Dakota, announced a similar measure.
South Carolina Republican Gov. Henry McMaster last week asked the Department of State Administration to ban TikTok on all government equipment. And Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts, a Republican, blocked TikTok on government electronic devices in August 2020.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin Republican lawmakers last week asked Democratic Gov. Tony Evers to remove the app from all state government devices, calling it a threat to national security.
The US military has also banned the app on military equipment.