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South Dakota governor issues order blocking TikTok from state devices

Governor Kristi Noem speaks after winning re-election on Tuesday evening, November 8, 2022, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Sioux Falls.
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order Tuesday blocking the download of TikTok, a popular Chinese-owned social media platform, from state devices used by South Dakota government employees, contractors and agencies.

Recently, the FBI said TikTok could pose national security concerns because of possible data collection or influence on users. Chinese policies passed in 2021 say nothing about limiting government or ruling Communist Party access to personal information.

TikTok Chief Operating Officer Vanessa Pappas, based in Los Angeles, has previously said the company protects all data of American users and that Chinese government officials have no access to it.

The South Dakota ban takes effect immediately and blocks the use of the TikTok app or visiting the website on state-owned or state-leased electronic devices, according to the release.

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