University of Oklahoma bans students and staff from using TikTok on University-owned devices

The University of Oklahoma announced on Tuesday that all students and staff will be barred from using the social media app.

The university said in an email that the decision was made in accordance with state Governor Kevin Stitt’s executive order banning TikTok on state devices.

“In compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order 2022-33, effective immediately, no University employee or student shall access the TikTok application or website on University-owned or operated devices, including OU wired and wireless networks,” David Horton, the Chief Information Officer and Senior Associate Vice President, said in the email dated Dec. 20.

“As a result of the Executive Order, access to the TikTok platform will be blocked and cannot be accessed from the campus network,” the letter said, adding that “University-administered TikTok accounts must be deleted and alternate social media platforms utilized in their place.”

According to the letter, TikTok was banned due to “ongoing national and cybersecurity concerns.” The app is tied to the Communist Chinese Party, which has reportedly accessed confidential user information.

Stitt’s executive order, passed on Dec. 8, banned TikTok from being used or installed on all “state-issued cellphones, computers, or any other device capable of internet connectivity,” owned by “state government agencies, employees and contractors on government networks.”

Stitt said of the order: “Maintaining the cybersecurity of state government is necessary to continue to serve and protect Oklahoma citizens and we will not participate in helping the Chinese Communist Party gain access to government information.”




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