USF Joins University of Florida to Ban TikTok from School Devices, Internet

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TAMPA, FLORIDA (FOX 13) – The University of South Florida notified students, faculty and staff they would no longer have access or be permitted to use TikTok and a handful of other apps, effective immediately, according to the school’s online publication.

Bulls will no longer be able to install or use TikTok, Tencent QQ, WeChat, Vkontakte and Kaspersky under the new rules, which are part of Florida’s proposed Digital Bill of Rights.

The bill was introduced by Governor Ron DeSantis back in February and is still being considered by lawmakers. The governor said the bill’s intent is to “protect Floridians’ digital rights and privacy from Big Tech companies.”

When he announced the proposed Digital Bill of Rights, DeSantis called on state-funded organizations, including universities, to “implement all necessary safeguards to block access to applications and software tied to China.”