Texas Gov. Greg Abbott unveils a statewide TikTok ban
Austin, Texas - Following several bans on college campuses, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has taken things to the next level with the announcement of a statewide ban of TikTok.
Abbott unveiled the proposed plan via Twitter on Monday.
"Texans, especially our state agencies and employees, must be protected from having sensitive information shared with the Chinese Communist Party," he said. "We cannot ignore this security threat."
The tweet included a link to a press release further explaining the ban, which was developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety and Department of Information Resources.
The move seeks to "ban and prevent the download or use of TikTok and prohibited technologies on any state-issued device identified in the statewide plan."
In the statement, Abbott claims that "TikTok harvests significant amounts of data from a user’s device, including details about a user’s internet activity."
The ban would apply to all state agencies and institutions of higher education.
The heightened restrictions come after several directives from Abbott, including TikTok bans on all government devices and restrictions within college campus Wi-Fi networks.
Texas isn't the only state imposing these bans, as several other universities followed suit with bans of their own, including the University of Oklahoma, Auburn University, and Arkansas State University, amongst others.
Many Texans have criticized the ban, arguing that Abbott is continuing to ignore more pressing issues including the widespread power outages following a recent winter storm.
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