Democrat-led New Jersey Latest State To Ban TikTok On Government Devices

New Jersey Democrat Gov. Phil Murphy announced Monday that TikTok will be banned from government devices in the state due to national security concerns related to the social media platform’s China-based parent company.
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

  • The ban was part of a larger one Murphy issued that prohibiting high-risk software vendors, products and services, including TikTok, from being used on State-provided or -managed devices.
  • The directive also named prominent China-based firms, including Huawei, Tencent, WeChat, ZTE and Alibaba.
  • “Bolstering cybersecurity is critical to protecting the overall safety and welfare of our State,” Murphy said . “This decisive action will ensure the cybersecurity of the State is unified against actors who may seek to divide us.”
  • Murphy joins over a dozen other governors is in banning TikTok from government-issued devices over security concerns related to ByteDance, the platform’s China-based parent company.
  • Ohio on Monday also announced a similar ban.

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