INDIANAPOLIS ( Associated Press) – Indiana has blocked the Chinese-owned platform app TikTok on devices in the state, the local technology bureau said Friday.
Agency spokesman Greg Lubbsen told The Journal Gazette that the Indiana Office of Technology has “blocked the use of TikTok on our state system and on devices in our state” since December 7.
The Office of Technology “continually tests the state system and makes sure its integrity is upheld,” Lubsen said in an email to the outlet.
The move comes on the same day that the Indiana attorney general sued short video platform TikTok after accusing it of misleading its users, especially children, about inappropriate content levels and the protection of consumer information.
Republican Attorney General Todd Rokita claimed in a complaint that the short-video app claims to be safe for users 13 and older, but that it “opens rooms” for “unlimited periods of day and night” for younger users. provides inappropriate and inappropriate content”. Attempt to pocket TikTok with billions of dollars from US consumers.”
Rokita argued in a separate complaint that the app holds users’ sensitive personal information but misleads them into thinking it is secure.
“At the very least, the company tells consumers the truth about the age-appropriateness of the content and the insecurity of the data it collects,” Rokita said in a statement.
TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company, which moved its headquarters to Singapore in 2020.
The app is under scrutiny by Republicans, who say the Chinese government can access user data such as search history and location.
The US military has also banned the app on military equipment.
At the time, TikTok said in a statement that its “top priority” was the “safety, privacy and security of our community”.