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Ohio TikTok Ban

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On Jan. 8, 2023, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed an executive order to ban certain foreign-owned apps, including TikTok, on state-owned devices in Ohio. 

Executive Order 2023-03D

DeWine signed executive order 2023-03D into law on Jan. 8 after taking the official oath for governor, starting his second term as Ohio governor. 

“Moments after taking oath, I signed several executive orders regarding anti discrimination, youth mentorship, mental health and addiction benefits, workforce development and the prohibition of certain foreign-owned applications on state-owned electronic devices,” the governor announced on Twitter.

Executive order 2023-03D states that foreign-owned applications and platforms on state owned or leased devices will be prohibited, according to the governor’s press release

The signed executive order specifically names these applications, including Tencent QQ, WeChat, Weibo, Xiao HongShu, RenRen, Youku/Tudou and Zhihu, among others. 

According to DeWine, this is due to China’s 2017 National Intelligence Law, where the law states that businesses in China are required to share data information with the Chinese Communist Party. 

DeWine hopes that this will protect Ohio from cybersecurity vulnerabilities and threats. 

Wright State University is currently waiting for guidance from the state, according to Dean of Students Chris Taylor. Until then, all use of any official Wright State TikTok accounts has been paused.

Elayna Storts

Wright Life Reporter

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