RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) — On Friday Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin announced he issued an executive order that will ban Chinese-owned apps like TikTok on state government technology.
The governor says it will ban any application developed by ByteDance Limited or Tencent Holdings Limited on state devices as well as state WIFI networks.
“TikTok and WeChat data are a channel to the Chinese Communist Party, and their continued presence represents a threat to national security, the intelligence community, and the personal privacy of every single American,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “We are taking this step today to secure state government devices and wireless networks from the threat of infiltration and ensure that we safeguard the data and cybersecurity of state government.”
Attorney General Jason Miyares also issued a comment on the executive order.
“Not only does TikTok pose a threat to national security and consumer privacy, but studies have shown that it negatively impacts the mental health of our youth,” said Attorney General Jason Miyares. “In March, I joined a bipartisan coalition of 43 other attorneys general to investigate TikTok’s physical and mental impact on children. As this investigation continues, I am glad that Governor Youngkin is addressing the serious security risks TikTok poses for the Commonwealth.”