Gov. Evers considering banning TikTok on state devices – WISN Milwaukee

‘We’re close to making a decision,’ Evers said Thursday
‘We’re close to making a decision,’ Evers said Thursday
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‘We’re close to making a decision,’ Evers said Thursday
Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday he’s considering banning the popular video-sharing app TikTok on all state devices after growing concerns about privacy.
“We’ve had ongoing conversations with the FBI and Wisconsin Emergency Management,” Evers said. “We’re close to making a decision.”
The potential move would follow more than a dozen other states that have recently banned TikTok on government devices.
Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-WI, is also pushing for a nationwide ban.
“We’re going to go through a process of public awareness,” Gallagher recently said on “UPFRONT.” “There’s a lot of Republican support. We’re slowly bringing our Democratic colleagues along.”
TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, and there’s growing concern from national intelligence officials about the potential for the Chinese government to collect U.S. user data.
“We’re not just talking about silly videos of teenagers dancing around doing dumb things,” Gallagher said.
Evers estimated Wednesday that between 10-20 state employees may currently have the app on a government device.

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