South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has ordered state employees to stop using the Chinese app TikTok.
Noem signed an Executive Order Tuesday to ban government officials in North Dakota from using the social media app. This is in response to growing security concerns regarding the app.
“South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” Noem said in a statement Tuesday. “The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.”
“Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately,” Noem added. “I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well.”
Other South Dakota officials have expressed concern over the harm the app brings to the children using it.
TikTok delivers garbage content to American students and educational content to Chinese students. We cannot trust this company. https://t.co/UHhtJ9FZ94
— Rep. Dusty Johnson (@RepDustyJohnson) November 7, 2022
Former President Donald Trump issued an executive order to ban the Chinese apps WeChat and TikTok in the United States. President Biden has since revoked this executive order.
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