SD Gov. Kristi Noem BANS TikTok: State agencies forbidden from using China-owned platform

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem BANS TikTok: State agencies forbidden from using China-owned social media platform over ‘growing national security threat’

  • South Dakota’s governor has banned state agencies from using TikTok 
  • Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order Tuesday banning the video platform’s use over ‘growing national security’ concerns 
  • ‘South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,’ Noem said 
  • The executive order bans employees and contractors who use state devices from the app
  • Other lawmakers, including former President Donald Trump, have spoken up about the app which they say could be used by the Chinese Communist Party to indoctrinate American youth 

A prominent Republican governor has banned TikTok for her state’s agencies due to the ‘growing national security’ threat posed by the Chinese-owned app. 

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Tuesday signed an executive order that bans employees and contractors from downloading or using the app on any state device. 

In a statement released Tuesday, Gov. Noem said she refuses to be party to any efforts made by the Chinese Communist Party to obtain information that could be used to indoctrinate American youth.

‘South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,’ the governor said. 

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Tuesday signed an executive order that bans employees and contractors from downloading or using TikTok on any state-owned device

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Tuesday signed an executive order that bans employees and contractors from downloading or using TikTok on any state-owned device

The Chinese-owned app has more than one billion users worldwide

The Chinese-owned app has more than one billion users worldwide

'Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action seriously,' Noem said in a statement

‘Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action seriously,’ Noem said in a statement 

The order was issued by the governor ‘in response to the growing national security threat posed by TikTok due to its data gathering operations on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party. 

‘The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TikTok to manipulate the American people,’ Governor Noem said Tuesday in the statement. 

Noem continued, saying she hopes to see other states follow suit and take the situation ‘seriously.’ 

‘Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action seriously,’ she said.  

‘I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader actions, as well.’

The South Dakota governor may get her wish. In recent weeks and months, politicians on both sides of the aisle have raised concerns over the safety of the app. 

In a recent Washington Post article, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI) said the video posting platform gives ‘the CCP a unique ability to monitor more than 1 billion users worldwide, including nearly two-thirds of American teenagers.’

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)

Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-WI)

In a recent Washington Post article, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Mike Gallagher said TikTok gives ‘the CCP a unique ability to monitor more than 1 billion user worldwide’

Noem said she believes the video app is way for the Chinese Communist Party to subtly indoctrinate and spy on Americans, especially the youth

Noem said she believes the video app is way for the Chinese Communist Party to subtly indoctrinate and spy on Americans, especially the youth

‘We must ban this potential spyware before it is too late — not encourage its use in the United States, as President Biden is doing,’ the senators wrote. 

The executive order signed by the South Dakota governor also comes less than two weeks after a Democratic lawmaker came forward and agreed with his Republican counterparts regarding TikTok. 

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia recently sat down with Fox News reporter Shannon Bream to warn parents and families about the potential dangers of the app. 

‘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,’ Sen. Warner said. 

Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said that former President Donald Trump was right about TikTok and warned for parents to keep their kids off the social media app during a recent interview on Fox News

Democratic Senator Mark Warner of Virginia said that former President Donald Trump was right about TikTok and warned for parents to keep their kids off the social media app during a recent interview on Fox News

Former President Donald Trump  in 2020 signed an executive order that would ban Chinese-owned TikTok in the United States

Former President Donald Trump  in 2020 signed an executive order that would ban Chinese-owned TikTok in the United States

‘Well, I think Donald Trump was right,’ Warner said.   

In August 2020, former President Donald Trump signed an executive order that would ban TikTok and the Chinese chat app WeChat in the US.

The order stated that TikTok’s ‘data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.’

The order was later revoked by current President Joe Biden in 2021. 

Biden called for ‘an evidence-based analysis to address the risks’ from internet applications controlled by foreign entities.

Brendan Carr, commissioner of the FCC, in June referred to TikTok as wearing 'sheep's clothing' while urging Apple and Google to remove the app from their stores

Brendan Carr, commissioner of the FCC, in June referred to TikTok as wearing ‘sheep’s clothing’ while urging Apple and Google to remove the app from their stores

A  letter shared by Carr in June continues with ‘some concerning’ evidence to why the China-owned app should be removed

A  letter shared by Carr in June continues with ‘some concerning’ evidence to why the China-owned app should be removed

Brendan Carr, commissioner of the Federal Communications (FCC) earlier this year called for the Google and Apple app stores to halt the ability to download the app. 

In June, the commissioner urged the platforms to remove the video-sharing app over a ‘pattern of surreptitious data practices’ and new data that ‘shed fresh light on the serious national security threats posed by TikTok.’ 

A report published by BuzzFeed News, highlights leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings that reveal China-based employees have repeatedly accessed US user data.

‘It is clear that TikTok poses an unacceptable national security risk due to its extensive data harvesting being combined with Beijing’s apparently unchecked access it that sensitive data, Carr wrote. 

‘But it is also clear that TikTok’s pattern of conduct and misrepresentation regarding the unfettered access that persons in Beijing have to sensitive US user data puts it out of compliance with the policies that both of your companies require every app to adhere to as a condition of remaining available on your app store.’

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