South Dakota Gov. Noem bans TikTok for state agencies, says app 'intelligence gathering' operation

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem on Tuesday signed an executive order banning state agencies from using the social media platform TikTok.

Noem’s office said the Republican governor’s order comes "in response to the growing national security threat posed by TikTok due to its data gathering operations on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)."

"South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us," Noem said in a statement. "The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data of 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 seriously," she said. "I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader actions, as well."

The order applies to all employees of state government agencies and contractors using state devices, Noem’s office said. Her executive order prohibits downloading or using TikTok or visiting the website on state-owned or state-leased electronic devices capable of internet connectivity.... (Read more)