The Indiana Office of Technology has blocked the popular social media app TikTok owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company, from being used in state systems and devices. The Office of Technology consistently tests and ensures the integrity of the state system is unharmed, according to the Associated Press .
This occurred after Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita filed two separate lawsuits against TikTok on Dec. 7. According to a press release from the Attorney General’s Office, the first lawsuit was for inappropriate content for children. The second was for misleading users on how secure their personal information is on the app from the Chinese government and Communist Party.
According to the AP article, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem banned TikTok, and China and Russia based platforms in the state’s executive branch of government Nov.29, and Dec. 6, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan banned TikTok on state-owned devices from state employees and contractors.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has asked the state’s Department of Administration to ban TikTok from all state government devices. Nebraska Governor Pete Rickettes banned TikTok on state electronic devices in August 2020, according to the AP.