South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem Bans TikTok for State Employees 

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem recently signed an order banning TikTok in the state over concerns that the platform was gathering information for the Chinese communist party. Noem tweeted, “South Dakota is banning TikTok for state government. We will have no part in intelligence gathering for China, a nation that hates America.” She added, “I hope other states quickly follow this example and protect the vital private information of our citizens.”

In her statement attached to the tweet, she explained that the app would be banned for “state government agencies, employees, and contractors using state devices.” Additionally, she noted, “The Chinese Communist Party uses information that it gathers on TIkTok to manipulate the American people, and they gather data off the devices that access the platform.”

​​The app was purchased by ByteDance, a business that is partially owned by the Chinese government, and experts claim the app is intrusive when downloaded onto phones. Others have noted that the program seems to have been altered to confuse users in the United States while reinforcing positive behavior and habits in China. 

There is also proof that the company is passing users’ private information to the Chinese government. In August, Forbes reported that hundreds of TikTok and ByteDance employees had previously worked for the Chinese government, while many others continued to work for both the communist government and the social media platform.

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