FILE - TikTok State Bans

The TikTok logo is seen on a cellphone on Oct. 14, 2022, in Boston. States are banning the use of TikTok from state-owned devices, citing cybersecurity concerns surrounding the Chinese-owned social media app.

(The Center Square) – Wyoming is the latest state to prohibit the use of TikTok on state-issued devices.

Republican Gov. Mark Gordon issued a memorandum to all state employees on Thursday citing cybersecurity concerns surrounding the Chinese-owned social media platform.

“Maintaining robust cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and Wyoming is committed to identifying threats that could impact public safety,” Gordon said in a statement. “The potential for foreign governments to access information collected by TikTok is extremely troubling.”

Wyoming joins a growing list of states that have banned the app from state devices, including Georgia, Wisconsin, Utah, Oklahoma, Texas, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Alabama, and Maryland.

Access to the app will also be blocked from the state’s networks, the governor’s memo added.

“My office may grant exceptions to enable law enforcement investigations and other uses as needed,” Gordon said.

Several states are also pushing for TikTok’s age-appropriate rating on Google and Apple app stores to be upgraded from “teen” to “mature.”

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, as an editor at The Daily Caller, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News.