Texas, Oklahoma ban TikTok app from state-owned devices
(KTEN) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott banned the popular social media app TikTok from all government-issued devices in a directive issued on Wednesday.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt followed suit on Thursday with a similar TikTok ban.
According to the Insider Intelligence forecast, TikTok is projected to have 750 million monthly users worldwide in 2022. TikTok is currently ranked No. 9 in the Apple App Store.
Abbott's concerns surround the Chinese ownership of the platform that handles data — including sensitive information — using American infrastructure.
TikTok has faced controversy in the past from state and federal official over cybersecurity threats.
Now, state-owned smartphones or computers will no longer be able to access TikTok.
texomans address their reaction as not surprising, but also ashamed that banning has to take place.
"Government officials need to be held up to a little bit of a higher standard," said Texas resident Mike Miller. "I don't necessary disagree, but at the same time, banning anything is a sad state of affairs."
The federal government has previously warned TikTok users about possible security threats.