New law bans TikTok on government devices and networks

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Governor John Bel Edwards signed into law legislation that bans the use of the popular video-sharing app TikTok on government-issued devices and networks. Bill’s sponsor, Marksville Representative Daryl Deshotel says it’s a security issue.

“We’re talking about the Chinese government. We’ve seen how they’ve flown spy balloons over our military bases from the Chinese. And now, this is a platform they could use to basically spy on millions of Americans.”

The U-S government approved a ban on TikTok on federal government devices throughout all 50 states. Plus, over 30 states have banned the use of TikTok on government devices. Deshotel says this policy has already been implemented by many agencies statewide.

“The Secretary of State has already done it on the Secretary of State office. Then the Governor actually issued a similar mandate across all agencies. So there’s already something in place this really just puts it into law.”

The bill would also ban any other app or service developed by TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance Ltd, or entities the company owns. The bill would also ban any other app or service developed by TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance Ltd, or entities the company owns. Deshotel believes similar apps will continue to be a cyber security concern

“You know we just saw here recently Huawei (wow way) in the news here recently possibly spying on the U.S. I think it’s going to expand we just have to take those instances one at a time.”

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