November 29, 2023

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Diving overview:

  • A Tennessee bill seeking to ban the use of TikTok at public colleges passed the state legislature on Thursday and will be sent to the governor’s office for signature.
  • While legislation doesn’t list TikTok by name, it would ban access to Chinese-owned social media via Wi-Fi on public campuses.
  • Republican Gov. Bill Lee is expected to sign the bill into law. Tennessee passed separate legislation in December that blocks TikTok from state-owned devices.

Diving Statistics:

The federal federal and state governments are increasingly trying to restrict the use of TikTok. Company CEO, Shou Zi Chew, appeared before Congress on Thursday to defend his company against accusations that the platform poses a national security risk.

At least 25 states have banned TikTok from state-owned facilities. While Tennessee is one of the first states to specifically ban the app on campuses, some public colleges, such as the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University, along with Auburn University in Alabama, He blocked TikTok as a precaution after their states cracked down on the social media giant.

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