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Montana, Wyoming join list of states banning TikTok from government-issued devices

In this photo illustration a mobile phone screen displays TikTok logo in front of a keyboard.
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In this photo illustration a mobile phone screen displays TikTok logo in front of a keyboard.

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on Friday joined a growing list of governors who have banned the use of TikTok on state devices.

Gianforte on Twitter said the popular social media platform “poses a significant risk to the security of our state and Montanans’ sensitive data.”

The app is now prohibited on state-issued devices.

Gianforte’s announcement follows bans in about a dozen other states including North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming.

On Thursday Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon issued a memo to state employees directing them to permanently delete TikTok from their state-issued phones, laptops and other electronic devices, citing “cybersecurity concerns that have been raised by the app’s foreign ownership and the potential influence of foreign governments.”

TikTok is owned by Chinese company ByteDance.

NPR reports the U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously passed a bill that would ban the app from devices issued by federal agencies.

Nadya joined Yellowstone Public Radio as news director in October 2021. Before coming to YPR, she spent six years as digital news editor/reporter for the NPR affiliate in Wichita, Kansas, where her work earned several Kansas Association of Broadcasters awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow award for Excellence in Social Media. Originally from Texas, Nadya has lived and worked in Colorado, Illinois, Washington, D.C.; and North Dakota. She lives in Billings with her cat, Dragon, and dog, Trooper, and enjoys hiking, crocheting, and traveling as often as possible.