Governor Kevin Stitt bans state employees, agencies from using TikTok

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued an executive order Thursday banning TikTok for state government agencies, employees and contractors on government networks or government-issued devices.

A statement from the governor’s office said the ban includes state-issued cellphones, computers, or any other device capable of internet connectivity.

Stitt’s office said the executive order is in response to “ongoing national and cybersecurity threats created by TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, and dissemination of users information within the Chinese Communist Party.”

“Maintaining the cybersecurity of state government is necessary to continue to serve and protect Oklahoma citizens and we will not participate in helping the Chinese Communist Party gain access to government information.” Governor Stitt said.

Other states have taken similar actions in recent days after the FBI director issued a warning about the social media app





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