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Auburn University Bans TikTok

Auburn University Bans TikTok

Auburn officially banned the use of the video app on the school’s WiFi.

Earlier this week, school officials announced the ban which will prohibit employees who use school-issued phones, computers and other devices. Students living in on-campus housing are still permitted to use the app over their phone‘s internet, but the overall consensus is that the platform is no longer welcome on school networks.

Auburn is the latest university to follow this trend. Several universities throughout Oklahoma, including Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma, have also announced a ban on the app.

The ban comes after both Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued similar statewide bans on all government networks, unless it is foressential government uses.” Several U.S. government entities, are pushing back on TikTok because of the apps Chinese roots.

TikTok is owned by Beijingbased ByteDance, and many government officials are concerned that the Chinese government is using the app to collect and harvest personal data from American users. TikTok has attempted to combat the security concerns by creating a new department with Americanbased leadership to oversee data security. However, the U.S. government is still working with them to address up potential security breaches

Several other states such as Wisconsin, South Dakota, Utah, Nebraska and South Carolina have all implemented similar stipulations to ban the usage of TikTok, which means more bans on college campuses are likely to be announced soon. 

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