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Maine Bans TikTok On Some Government Devices

January 24, 2023

The video social media app TikTok will soon be banned on some government-issued devices in Maine.

Maine’s Office of Information Technology recently issued a directive saying that as of February 1, 2023, state-owned mobile phones and tablets within the executive branch will be barred from having TikTok on them, according to WABI.

“If previously installed, any covered technology must be immediately uninstalled to circumvent any exposure of sensitive information,” the state’s directive reads, according to the report.

Employees who fail to comply with this rule will face disciplinary actions, including termination of employment, according to the report.

Recent efforts to ban TikTok on government devices have sprung up over national security concerns. Byte Dance, the parent company of TikTok, is based in the People’s Republic of China, and lawmakers worry that the company will hand people’s data over to the Chinese government.

 

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