Universities Are Banning TikTok on Their Campuses. Here’s Why

Public universities across the U.S. are banning their students’ beloved TikTok app from their schools. In some cases, this means no students, faculty members, staff, or

visitors are able to access the short-form video platform on school devices or on the campus WiFi networks. At least 20 public universities have made the decision to ban

the app from their servers or have recommended their students to remove the app from their personal devices, according to NBC News. Most of the universities are acting under

pressure from state lawmakers—some of whom have passed laws banning TikTok from state-owned devices. Auburn University, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas-Austin,

and Texas A&M—the biggest college campus in the U.S.—are among the growing list. Why universities are banning TikTok The bans stem from security concerns regarding the

app’s China-based parent company ByteDance. U.S. security experts are worried ByteDance could share its extensive collection of data on American users with the Chinese

government. “We do have national security concerns,” said FBI Director Christopher Wray at a Homeland Security Committee hearing in November. “They include the possibility

that the Chinese government could use it to control data collection on millions of users.”