“Texas is part of a group of over 20 states that have banned TikTok in some fashion on the basis that TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, poses a national security risk.”
TikTok is Chinese spyware. It’s being banned all over the place and for good reason.
Campus Reform reports:
Professors sue for right to use Tiktok on university devices, citing academic freedom concerns
A lawsuit has been filed against the State of Texas over its banning of TikTok on state-owned or issued devices for employees in state agencies, including public universities.
The group challenging Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order is the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, on behalf of The Coalition for Independent Technology Research, an organization that advocates on behalf of researchers who study “the impact of technology on society.”
The lawsuit alleges Texas’s ban “compromised” the ability for college professors to teach and conduct research since they can no longer access the social media platform and calls on the state to amend the executive order to grant an exception to university faculty.
Abbott seeks to protect “sensitive information and critical infrastructure” from falling into the hands of the Chinese government.
Texas is part of a group of over 20 states that have banned TikTok in some fashion on the basis that TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, poses a national security risk.
In a press release, adjunct professor Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, stated that it is not a “sensible or constitutional response” to concerns about the app’s extensive data collection and disinformation.
The Knight First Amendment Institute called the ban an “assault” on academic freedom. The complaint cites the case of University of North Texas Professor Jacqueline Vickery. Vickery was forced to “suspend research projects and change her research agenda, alter her teaching methods, and eliminate course materials.”
Dave Karpf, PhD, an Associate Professor at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, told Campus Reform on behalf of the Coalition for Independent Technology Research, that Governor Abbott’s lawyers “will have the opportunity to explain what national security risks are being created by Professors accessing TikTok in the classroom” and while conducting “publicly-beneficial” research.
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