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Youngkin bans TikTok and more on state devices

Governor Glenn Youngkin issued Executive Order #24 on Friday which banned the use of certain Chinese owned mobile phone applications and websites in state government technology.

This order most notable bans the use of TikTok, WeChat, and any other applications developed by ByteDance Limited or Tencent Holdings limited on state government devices and WiFi networks.

Businesses contracting with the state are also prohibited from using those applications within the state’s IT infrastructure.

Among privacy and cybersecurity concerns, Attorney General Jason Miyares mentioned the ongoing investigation regarding TikTok’s effect on the mental health of our youth.

Senator Mark Warner also released a statement supporting the Governor’s decision.

To read Executive Order #24 in full, click here.

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