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NC lawmakers ask governor to banTikTok on state devices

Activists have taken to TikTok and other platforms to fight a restrictive new abortion law in Texas.
Kiichiro Sato
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AP
Activists have taken to TikTok and other platforms to fight a restrictive new abortion law in Texas.

Two North Carolina lawmakers are asking Governor Roy Cooper to ban the social media app TikTok on state government-issued devices.

This comes shortly after Congress banned its use by federal staffers on government-issued computers and phones. That's due to concerns that the Chinese-owned company could access user data and share it with the Chinese government.

Republican representative Jon Hardister of Guilford County says he's concerned use of the app by government employees could threaten national security.

He co-wrote a recent letter to the governor asking for a similar ban in North Carolina.

“I think the legislature is going to have to look at this issue and come up with a game plan,” Hardister said, “But what the governor could do in the short term, is go ahead and issue an executive order, which could be temporary.”

A spokesperson for the governor's office said the state is, “Reviewing state government use of TikTok and considering potential additional safety measures."