Due to TikTok’s connections to China, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem issued an executive order banning state employees and contractors from using state-owned devices to access the video site on Tuesday.
Republicans have targeted ByteDance, the Beijing-based company that owns TikTok because they believe that the Chinese government has access to customer information like browsing history and location.
The program is not allowed to be used on military equipment by the US armed forces.
According to recent research from the NGO Global Witness and the Cybersecurity for Democracy team at New York University, TikTok’s practically addicting scroll of videos has also struggled to identify adverts that contain blatantly false information about U.S. elections.
In a statement, Noem said that “the Chinese Communist Party exploits information it gets on TikTok to mislead the American people. They gather data of the devices that access the platform.”