TikTok banned from University of Texas campus on cybersecurity concerns raised by governor and US government
- The University of Texas at Austin has banned the use of the viral short video app owned by China’s ByteDance on the school network
- At least 25 states have barred the use of TikTok on government devices in the US, with Texas Governor Greg Abbott issuing his own order on the app last month
The school said on Tuesday that it is permanently blocking TikTok’s access on its systems, prohibiting devices to use the app on the university's wired or Wi-fi networks.
Extremely popular among college students, teens and young adults, TikTok is facing heavy scrutiny from federal and local officials. They’re concerned about the company’s ownership and whether the government in Beijing can access American users’ data. Officials including US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and FBI Director Chris Wray have raised questions on whether the company could be a national security threat.
Last month, Oklahoma University announced it would prohibit internet access to TikTok after Governor Kevin Stitt issued an executive order prohibiting access to the video-sharing app on government networks and devices. Auburn University in Alabama blocked TikTok following a similar directive from its governor. And Boise State University, following an order from Governor Brad Little, also prohibited access to TikTok on its networks, saying students who want to access the app may do so using their own cellular data plan.