A more comprehensive bill is forthcoming from Senator Marco Rubio titled Averting the National Threat of Internet Surveillance, Oppressive Censorship and Influence, and Algorithmic Learning by the Chinese Communist Party Act or ANTI-SOCIAL CCP Act.
Back in August of 2020, former President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning all US companies from doing business with ByteDance, the Chinese Parent Company of TikTok. Unfortunately, President Biden rescinded this order in the summer of the following year.
Also in 2020, the U.S. armed forces prohibited the app on military devices, but this partial ban did not prohibit access through the internet! What a joke!
Twenty states have a TikTok Prohibition Bill in their State House, State Senate, or both, including:
Arkansas SB4, California AB227, Connecticut SB00380/SB0052/HB06402, Florida H0563, Hawaii HB 460, Indiana HB1517, Kansas HB 2314, Kentucky SB20/HB124/HB155, Maryland HB1141, Michigan SB0015/HB4041, Mississippi SB2140/HB279 (just died in committee!), Missouri SB596/HB919, New Jersey S3462/A5080, New Mexico SB208, New York S00508/ A03317, North Carolina S83, Pennsylvania SB379, South Carolina H3448, Virginia SB1459/HB2385, West Virginia SB215/HB2542.
State Efforts to Ban TikTok
At the state level, as many as 27 states enacted full or partial bans on TikTok through executive orders or other official requests, with some states also banning parent company affiliates.
Nine of these states have yet to introduce a TikTok ban in the state legislature including Idaho, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming!
As early as August of 2020, the Nebraska and Florida State Governors acted to ban TikTok from state government devices and networks.
Two years later, at the tail end of 2022, seven additional states issued a Governor issued Executive Orders to prohibit the use of TikTok in response to the FCC Federal Communications Commission calling for a nationwide ban of TikTok and all affiliates including telecom companies, service providers, and equipment in the government and private sectors. These states included Idaho, Kansas, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Virginia.
In January of this year the Governor’s of Arkansas, North Carolina, and Wisconsin issued similar Executive Orders.
In the last two months, Maine, New Jersey, and West Virginia issued Emergency Directives to begin the process of prohibition of TikTok. In addition, eight states made softer moves such as letter’s written by a Governor requesting state agencies begin the process of prohibition in varying degrees, without enforceability of any kinds, and include Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, and South Carolina.
College and University campuses in Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, and Texas also began to enforce TikTok prohibitions on campus including Wi-Fi and campus IT networks, forcing students to only access TikTok on their personal devices using their cellular carrier.
It’s time to get serious and defend National Security and Cybersecurity, banning TikTok and all Chinese owned affiliate companies at the federal and state level!