Another TikTok Ban On Government Devices; List Grows To Nearly Two Dozen States

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: In this photo illustration, the social media application logo, Tik Tok is displayed on the screen of an iPhone on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. The social network broke the rules for the protection of children's online privacy (COPPA) and was fined $ 5.7 million. The fact TikTok criticized is quite serious in the United States, the platform, which currently has more than 500 million users worldwide, collected data that should not have asked minors. TikTok, also known as Douyin in China, is a media app for creating and sharing short videos. Owned by ByteDance, Tik Tok is a leading  video platform in Asia, United States, and other parts of the world. In 2018, the application gained popularity and became the most downloaded app in the U.S. in October 2018. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves this week ordered banishment of the TikTok app from state-owned mobile devices and the state’s network.
  • The governor sent a letter to state agency and department heads that ordered TikTok and any other platform created by Chinese-based ByteDance Ltd. be removed from state-issued mobile devices, laptops and other wireless devices by Jan. 31.
  • The governor did make an exception for law enforcement-related purposes.

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