South Carolina Governor Wants TikTok Banned From State Devices
South Carolina governor Henry McMaster has asked the state’s department of administration to block the video sharing app TikTok from all state-owned electronic devices.
The social media platform has come under increasing scrutiny lately because of its ties to the Chinese government. FBI officials have warned that TikTok may be a security risk.
In a letter to SC administration department director Marcia Adams, McMaster said he wanted “the social media platform TikTok be permanently removed, and access blocked from all state government electronic devices.”
The letter went on to say, “Protecting our State’s critical cyber infrastructure from foreign and domestic threats is key to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our citizens and businesses. Federal law enforcement and national security officials have warned that TikTok poses a clear and present danger to its users, and a growing bi-partisan coalition in Congress is pushing to ban access to TikTok in the United States.”
McMaster also wants to know which South Carolina state agencies the department would not be subject to a TikTok block. Apparently, some agencies do not participate in the state’s shared system.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese technology company headquartered in Beijing. It is estimated that 80 million people in the US use TikTok monthly. Worldwide, TikTok has more than a billion users.