Texas Governor Greg Abbott Bans TikTok
Texas Governor Greg Abbott is taking on the viral social media sensation TikTok. On Wednesday, Abbott banned the use of TikTok on state devices.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday directed state agencies ban the use of TikTok on government issued devices. This only applies to state owned devices and does not impact private citizens or what apps they can have on their phones, tablets, and devices.
The reason for the ban? According to ABC News, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, along with other lawmakers are concerned about the amount of data the Chinese government is getting about citizens in the United States.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott directed state agencies on Wednesday to ban the use of social media platform TikTok on government-issued devices over concerns about how the China-owned app handles data on American infrastructure and other sensitive information.
"TikTok harvests vast amounts of data from its users' devices -- including when, where and how they conduct internet activity -- and offers this trove of potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government," Abbott said in a letter to state officials on Wednesday.
TikTok has faced growing scrutiny from state and federal officials over fears that American data could fall into the possession of the Chinese government.
Also on Wednesday, the Attorney General of Indiana filed a lawsuit against TikTok alleging the app is misleading users about the capacity of the Chinese government and their ability to collect data from the app.
For those who have to delete TikTok, you can always watch Reels on Instagram.