Why are universities banning TikTok? Is there a way around it?

Why are universities banning TikTok? Is there a way around it?

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These privacy concerns have led universities to ban the use of apps on campus. This includes using methods that prohibit their use on personal devices.

So why are universities trying to keep students away from TikTok?

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The University of Texas becomes the latest university campus to ban TikTok.

On December 7, 2022, Governor Greg Abbott issued an order to all Texas state agencies barring officers and employees from downloading or using TikTok on government-issued devices.

The University of Texas did just that, but took it a step further on January 18th. As stated on the university’s website, TikTok is officially banned and not accessible to everyone over UT’s wired and Wi-Fi networks. This also includes all personal devices.

UT wrote: “The university is taking these important steps to eliminate risk to the information and critical infrastructure contained in the university’s network.” As mentioned, TikTok collects a huge amount of data from users’ devices: when, where and how they conduct their internet activity – and this potentially sensitive We are providing the Chinese government with a mountain of information.”

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Other universities such as Auburn University, the University of Georgia, and Oklahoma State University have enacted similar bans.

These bans came after FBI Director Chris Wray warned that the Chinese government could use ByteDance, the technology company that owns TikTok, to collect data about millions of US users. Wray also noted that ByteDance could play around with the recommendation algorithm and potentially use it to influence operations.

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However, students at the University of Texas still use TikTok.

UT has banned the app when connecting to the campus network, but there are several ways students can continue to use the app. Just turn off Wi-Fi on your phone and use your data to access apps. If you don’t want to use your data, you can go off campus to his Wi-Fi location and connect there.

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Already, we can see that students are not prevented from using the app by this ban.

Creator Eric Arberg (@itsericaaberg) said he attends UT and talked about his college ban in the video above. He also shared another video on campus that showed followers what happens when he tries to access TikTok (the page doesn’t load). But that’s the problem. He has continued to post frequently since this ban went into effect. He is sure many other affected users have done so.

The bottom line is that while these TikTok bans may cause some students to quit the app altogether, most students who are addicted to TikTok are likely to remain active users. .

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