South Dakota Governor Noem Blocks State Employees From Downloading TikTok

  • “South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” Noem said in a statement Tuesday. “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.”
  • “Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately,” Noem added. “I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well.”
  • Other officials in South Dakota have previously sounded the alarm about the harm the app inflicts on American children and students.
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