YOUR System prohibits the use of TikTok on system devices

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MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin system officials said on Tuesday they will ban the use of TikTok on system devices.

System spokesman Mark Pitsch told The The Singapore Time about the move in email statements.

Nearly half of the states across the country have blocked a Chinese company’s popular social media app. Earlier this month, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers banned the use of TikTok on state phones and other devices in Wisconsin, citing potential risks to privacy, safety and security.

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The order did not apply to the UW system, which employs 40,000 faculty and staff, because it is not an executive agency. UW-Madison, the system’s flagship school, has multiple TikTok accounts, including one for the women’s volleyball team. Universities often use TikTok accounts as a recruiting tool to connect with high school students.

A number of other universities across the country have banned TikTok in recent weeks, including Auburn, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia, Iowa and Texas.

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TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company that moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2020. It has been targeted by critics who say the Chinese government has access to user data, such as browsing history and location. US armed forces have also banned the app on military devices.

TikTok is consumed by two-thirds of American teenagers and has become the second most popular domain in the world. But there has long been a bipartisan concern in Washington that Beijing would use legal and regulatory power to seize US user data or spread pro-Chinese narratives or misinformation.

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