TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy mentioned Monday that his administration is barring sure “excessive threat” social media platforms like TikTok on state gadgets.
The choice applies to state businesses underneath the chief department and comes as a 3rd of U.S. states have moved to ban the platform on authorities gadgets. New Jersey is amongst just some Democrat-led states to bar such platforms.
“The proactive and preventative measures that we’re implementing at the moment will make sure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of knowledge belongings managed by New Jersey State authorities,” Murphy mentioned in an announcement.
It’s unclear what is going to develop into of the state’s NJGov TikTok account, which has greater than 56,000 and greater than a half-million likes.
Murphy’s directive permits for sure “compelling State enterprise” with a public curiosity cause for utilizing the expertise to request an exception.
Congress lately banned TikTok from most U.S. government-issued gadgets over bipartisan considerations about safety and the unfold of misinformation by way of the app.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese language firm that moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2020. TikTok has mentioned that it prioritizes its neighborhood’s privateness and safety and that it’s working to deal with safety considerations raised by the U.S.
“We’re disenchanted that so many states are leaping on the political bandwagon to enact insurance policies that may do nothing to advance cybersecurity of their states and are based mostly on unfounded falsehoods about TikTok,” spokesperson Jamal Brown mentioned Monday in an emailed assertion.
He added that the corporate is working with the federal authorities to “finalize an answer” to deal with states’ safety considerations.
New Jersey’s prohibition additionally contains WeChat and Alibaba.