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Gov. Cox bans TikTok on all state-owned devices

Dec 12, 2022, 10:00 AM | Updated: Feb 13, 2023, 2:47 pm

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 27: The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok office on August...

CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 27: The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok office on August 27, 2020 in Culver City, California. The Chinese-owned company is reportedly set to announce the sale of U.S. operations of its popular social media app in the coming weeks following threats of a shutdown by the Trump administration. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY — Gov. Spencer Cox issued an executive order prohibiting the use of TikTok on all state-owned devices effective immediately.

The order states that agency or agency employees may not, on any state-owned electronic device, download or use the TikTok app or visit the TikTok website in a browser.

The ban applies to all state agencies and a “state-owned device” includes any state-owned laptop, tablet, mobile phone, or other electronic devices.

“China’s access to data collected by TikTok presents a threat to our cybersecurity,” Cox said. “As a result, we’ve deleted our TikTok account and ordered the same on all state-owned devices. We must protect Utahns and make sure that the people of Utah can trust the state’s security systems.”

Utah is the latest state to ban TikTok after Nebraska, Texas, Maryland, South Dakota and South Carolina — each citing a security risk.

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Gov. Cox bans TikTok on all state-owned devices