Due to concerns about information security, many states in the United States have banned the use of TikTok. Last Wednesday, following Maryland, South Dakota, South Carolina and Nebraska, Texas also ordered restrictions on the use of TikTok, prohibiting the installation of TikTok on devices issued by all state government agencies.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that Texas will restrict the use of TikTok and prohibit the installation of TikTok on devices distributed by all state government agencies. The reason is that TikTok collects a lot of data from users’ devices and provides this potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government. (TikTok harvests vast amounts of data from its users’ devices and offers this trove of potentially sensitive information to the Chinese government)
The U.S. intelligence community has been concerned that TikTok has collected data and used it improperly. FBI Director Christopher Wray said the data collected by TikTok could be used for traditional espionage. (can be used for traditional espionage operations.)
TikTok officially denied sharing data with the Chinese government, and believed that the state government’s bans were caused by rumors about TikTok in the market.