Cooper joins govs banning TikTok on state devices

FILE - The TikTok logo is seen on a cell phone on Oct. 14, 2022, in Boston. New research finds that TikTok's powerful algorithms are promoting videos about self harm and eating disorders to teens. The findings come from the Center for Countering Digital Hate, which created TikTok accounts for fictitious young people living in the U.S., Britain, Canada and Australia. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

RALEIGH — Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper became the latest state executive to ban the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok in an executive order late last week. 

Several government entities in the United States, including multiple branches of the United States Military and other states, have banned TikTok, WeChat, and other applications on federal and state government information technology. 

“The governor’s executive order takes an important first step to ensure the privacy of our citizens and the security of North Carolina’s government networks,” said state Rep. Jason Saine (R-Lincoln).