NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Multiple states are taking action against the social media app Tiktok, and Tennessee is joining the movement, according to WKRN.
The social media giant is extremely popular amongst children and young adults. Since its 2016 launch, the app has faced backlash with the FBI even saying the app poses national security concerns.
Tennessee is now banning the app on all state devices. Personal social media platforms on state devices have been banned for some time. Now, government officials have added Tiktok to the list.
In a statement to our sister station WKRN, the governor's office said steps have been made to ban the app on all devices with access to government networks.
U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said the app should not be allowed to operate in the United States, warning that the app is allowing “communist TikTok to steal your information.”
In 2021, TikTok had approximately 656 million global users.
This figure was projected to increase by around 15 percent year-over-year, reaching 755 million users in 2022.
A spokesperson for TikTok said the concerns are “largely fueled by misinformation about our company.”