Get TikTok off public-funded education devices

More than 20 states have banned TikTok on government-owned devices, with New Jersey and Ohio joining their ranks just days ago. Though the impetus behind these bans is to

protect state government information from Chinese spyware, these laws also evict TikTok from devices owned by public school districts and state-supported postsecondary

institutions. This is a necessary protection to prevent the Chinese government from exploiting its control over ByteDance, TikTok’s owner, to gain access to America’s schools and

the minds of its students. It is no secret that the Chinese Communist Party seeks economic, military, and political dominance over the United States and to displace it as

the principal power in the Western Pacific. One step to that end is to create conditions that allow China’s workforce to outperform ours, including by undermining our education

system. Funneling harmful content through an app used by children and teachers is one way to accomplish that goal.