At last, an actual move against TikTok!
While various politicians have been prattling away about the importance of eliminating Beijing’s mass surveillance machine from the United States, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has taken actual action against the company.
This action was revealed by a recent press release from South Dakota State News, which highlights the fine print of the governor’s executive order.
According to the release, Noem has banned all state employees from using TikTok due to very real national security risks:
“Today, Governor Kristi Noem signed Executive Order 2022-10, which bans the Chinese social media platform TikTok for state government agencies, employees, and contractors using state devices. This order is in response to the growing national security threat posed by TikTok due to its data gathering operations on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).”
In addition, Noem herself weighed in on the bill, stating point blank that she refuses to entertain the possibility of the foreign state gaining access to highly sensitive data.
“South Dakota will have no part in the intelligence gathering operations of nations who hate us,” Noem boldly declared, “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.”
Since the Biden administration is so intent on banning “misinformation,” it is quite strange the White House hasn’t moved on TikTok.
On the contrary, the White House promotes TikTok influencers! Guess that’s the cost of being “the Big Guy” in various shady business deals.
Noem, however, is concerned with protecting South Dakotans, and rather than making fake overtures regarding her concern, she initiates tangible action.
“Because of our serious duty to protect the private data of South Dakota citizens, we must take this action immediately. I hope other states will follow South Dakota’s lead, and Congress should take broader action, as well,” Noem drawled.
Hint, hint, Biden. Let’s see if he takes it. Maybe his Easter Bunny director will.
While governors such as Kristi Noem, along with several other conservatives, have long since opposed TikTok, it has taken the federal government quite some time to wake up.
A real shame, because if Trump were president now, the app would have already been banned. Beijing can’t have that, however, which is why their bro Biden is in charge.
The FBI, however, apparently has to look like it does something every now and then, which is likely why FBI Director Christopher Wray is just now beginning to mutter about the influence that TikTok may have upon American national security.
“We do have national security concerns – at least from the FBI’s end – about TikTok. They include the possibility that the Chinese government could use it to control data collection on millions of users. Or control the recommendation algorithm, which could be used for influence operations if they so choose. Or to control software on millions of devices, which gives it opportunity to potentially, technically compromise personal devices,” Wray remarked.
Well, those reasons alone should be enough to ban it.
Frankly, China’s treatment of American companies in general is more than enough reason to ban TikTok, given that Google, Facebook, and a range of other tech companies have long since been banned from the mainland of China.
Microsoft, curiously, including its search engine Bing, has strangely not been banned from China, though that’s another inquiry for another time.
Does make one wonder about all Bill Gates’s farmland purchases and vaccine obsessions, however …
That said, American tech companies are generally banned from China, which is precisely why TikTok should have already been banned from the United States in a purely reciprocal move, even if TikTok did not pose a threat to national security.
Unfortunately, TikTok does threaten national security, which leads many to wonder exactly what, if anything, the White House is doing to seriously combat the threat …
Though at least Noem has finally made a move.
One can only hope she will initiate a ripple effect …
Author: Jane Jones