Legitimate security concern or political theater? Unfortunately, with the antics of the Republican Party over the past few years, it’s hard to decide which.
“Governor Kevin Stitt issued Executive Order 2022-33 today banning TikTok for state government agencies, employees and contractors on government networks or government-issued devices, including state-issued cellphones, computers, or any other device capable of internet connectivity. This executive order is in response to ongoing national and cybersecurity threats created by TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, and dissemination of users [sic] information within the Chinese Communist Party,” according to a state news release.
The city of Tulsa, run by right-wing lapdog P.T. Bynum, followed suit the following day. But Kevin is really just keeping up with his idols, with Texas Gov. Texas Abbott issuing a similar order the day before he did.
There are more than 135 million TikTok accounts in the United States since its 2016 release and issues with the app and its ability to have its data accessed by the Chinese government are nothing new, so why the sudden scrutiny?
“I’d say this seems to be more of a headline-grabber than it is an actual policy decision,” State Representative Forrest Bennett (D-Oklahoma City) said.
Yeah, that sounds about right.