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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 22: A supporter holds up a sign that read "Keep TikTok" during a news conference on TikTok in front of the U.S. Capitol on March 22, 2023 in Washington, DC. TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee tomorrow on whether the video-sharing app is safeguarding user data on the platform. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

For quite some time now popular social media app TikTok has had IT pros and even the FBI on alert for security concerns.  Of course, security specialists worry about TikTok’s ownership by ByteDance, the Chinese internet company and possible cybersecurity threats.  These concerns led to talk and proposals and eventually orders by some state governments to ban use of the app on government devices and wireless networks.   And, this included public institutions of higher learning in some cases.  So, now it’s official that a university in South Carolina blocks TikTok on its wired and Wi-Fi network across campus.

According to WYFF, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina near Myrtle Beach announced they are prohibiting access to TikTok on devices connected to campus internet networks.  This move follows South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster’s December 2022 move to ban the app on government issued devices.

Furthermore, this university in South Carolina isn’t the only public university that blocks TikTok.  Similar bans started popping up at other major universities, including Auburn University in Alabama,  Texas A&M and a whole list of others.  Horry-Georgetown Technical College, also in Conway, South Carolina, banned TikTok’s use in March.

The board of trustees at Coastal Carolina University indicate this move blocking TikTok allows them to comply with Governor McMaster’s December 2022 directive.  And, it only applies to devices connected to internet networks on campus.  So, TikTok will still be allowed by individuals using cellular data or their own Wi-Fi hotspot.

For more, see the complete story on WYFF.  And, take a look at a list of other universities nationwide who currently block access to TikTok on campus devices and networks.

Here's How Much Money The Most Popular Dog Influencers Bring Home On TikTok

And I am officially doing the wrong thing with my life. Yes, I post occasionally on TikTok but I’ve yet to make a penny off of that. But if you’re doing it correctly, you can be making a pretty penny. And one of the most popular types of accounts on the social media platform? Dogs. There are tons of dog influencers on TikTok and many of them are quite successful. The hashtag “dog” has a whopping 413.8 billion views with #dogsofTikTok and #dogs each having well over 100 billion views as well. That’s a billion with b. But more important in the world of influencers than views is engagement rates (likes, comments, shares, etc) which these canines are also racking up.

Our friends at Printed Pet Memories conducted a study on the most financially successful dog influencers on TikTok. And yeah, I’m in the completely wrong career field. These dogs are racking up what I make in a week in one post. To come up with these dollar amounts Printed Pet Memories used an Influencer Marketing Calculator (didn’t know that existed) to figure out what they can earn per sponsored TikTok post. Anyone have a dog I can borrow? Keep reading to see who the most successful dog influencers are, a cute video of them, as well as what they can bring in per post.