South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem showed President Joe Biden how it is done and banned the Chinese social media app TikTok from all state devices calling the platform a national security threat.
Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-10 which bans the Chinese social media platform TikTok for state government agencies, employees, and contractors using state devices. This order is 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,” said Governor Kristi Noem. “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.”
The order takes effect immediately and would apply to employees and agencies of the State of South Dakota, including persons and entities who contract with the state, commissions, and authorities or agents thereof.
Today, I signed an Executive Order that bans the Chinese social media platform TikTok for state government agencies, employees, and contractors using state devices.
South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of the Chinese Communist Party. pic.twitter.com/ux2gxmOeDf
— Kristi Noem (@KristiNoem) November 29, 2022
The order prohibits downloading or using the TikTok application or visiting the website on state-owned or state-leased electronic devices capable of internet connectivity.
“Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately.
“I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well.”
Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., is co-sponsoring legislation calling for a nationwide ban said:
“TikTok is owned by ByteDance. ByteDance is controlled by the CCP. That means the CCP can track your location.
“It can track your keystrokes. It can censor your news. Why would we give our foremost adversary that amount of power?”
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., admitted Trump was right when the former President expressed concerns over the app.
“Well, I think Donald Trump was right. I mean, TikTok is an enormous threat,” Warner said.
“So, if you’re a parent, and you’ve got a kid on TikTok, I would be very, very concerned.
“All of that data that your child is inputting and receiving is being stored somewhere in Beijing.”
See the full executive order here.
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