© 2023 88.9 KETR
Public Radio for Northeast Texas
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

A&M-Commerce blocks TikTok from university digital networks

Wednesday Morning Newscast Graphic
Lindsey Wiley
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The policy banning use of the video hosting site follows a directive from the A&M System and Texas Governor's offices.

Texas A&M University-Commerce digital networks no longer allow access to the short-form video hosting service TikTok. The same is true at all Texas A&M University System institutions and agencies. System Chancellor John Sharp has instructed all A&M System entities to block all access to TikTok on wired and wireless networks. The A&M System Security Operations Center has blocked TikTok. A statement from A&M-Commerce yesterday says the block does not include the student housing network. On December 7, Texas Governor Greg Abbott ordered all Texas state agencies to ban the use of TikTok on state networks and state-issued devices. Officials say ban was implemented because of the threat of nation state actors gaining access to critical U.S. infrastructure and information. TikTok is owned by the Chinese Company ByteDance.