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Auburn University Bans TikTok From School Servers and Devices Over Security Concerns

Auburn University Bans TikTok From School Servers and Devices Over Security Concerns

“in response to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s recent statewide ban of the app for all government agencies and networks”

This is becoming more and more common now that people know who is behind the app.

Campus Reform reports:

University bans TikTok, citing concerns of Chinese Communist Party

Auburn University recently banned the social media platform TikTok from the university’s WiFi, servers, and devices.

The decision follows state bans over concerns that TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, is collecting user data for espionage and curating content to present China more favorably.

Auburn’s ban “is in response to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey’s recent statewide ban of the app for all government agencies and networks,” according to Insider.

“We’re disappointed that so many states are jumping on the political bandwagon to enact policies that will do nothing to advance cybersecurity in their states and are based on unfounded falsehoods about TikTok,” Jamal Brown with TikTok Communications told Campus Reform.

“We’re especially sorry to see the unintended consequences of these rushed policies beginning to impact universities’ ability to share information, recruit students, and build communities around athletic teams, student groups, campus publications, and more.”

Brown worked for President Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign before serving as “deputy press secretary for the Pentagon,” according to the New York Post.

The Trump administration issued an executive order banning TikTok’s app on smartphones in 2020, but Biden canceled the order, The Boston Globe reported.

Democratic legislators have recently joined Republicans in their concerns over TikTok, however.

The Boston Globe said that at least 18 other states have banned TikTok, and legislation introduced by Senator Marco Rubio would “block access to any social media network controlled by China, Russia,” and other “authoritarian governments.”

Agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) share in their concern.

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“unfounded falsehoods about TikTok,” Jamal Brown with TikTok Communications…”

Tucker’s segment a couple nights ago was about how 2022 was the “Year of Lies.” Year’s not over yet, obviously.