After a few years dancing around the issue, TikTok is facing the music in statehouses and university campus networks. With Biden officially banning TikTok on federally-issued devices, GovTech is updating its tracker of the states that have banned TikTok use on state-issued devices.
At the moment, TikTok has been banned on campus WiFi by the following universities:
- Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma
- Auburn University (Alabama)
- 100% of schools in the University System of Georgia
- University of Texas at Austin
On a larger scale, statehouses have been banning TikTok like it's going out of style. At last update, it's off state-issued devices from:
- West Virginia
- North Dakota
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
- Indiana's Attorney General Office
- South Carolina
- Florida's Dept. of Financial Services
The big thing to stress is that these are, as of now, limited bans. State governments have only banned use of the app on state-issued cell phones, and university IT departments are only effectively able to block the app on campus WiFi & wired networks. This means that if you’re off campus, on your cellular plan (not Wifi), or on a non-campus/state network, the ban doesn’t apply. You can still watch and post TikToks in the Texas Capitol building, you just won’t be able to post from the state-issued cell phone you get from the Nebraska governor’s office. You can get around these bans in a few different ways:
- Use a VPN to change your location to spoof being outside of the campus network. Depending on how your university IT department is implementing the TikTok ban, you might need to try a few different VPN products.
- You might be able to access the app by creating a Wifi Hotspot or connecting to a friend’s hotspot. This might carve out service for you on campus, but could lock you out of internal networks.
These are very new bans, so implementation across schools and state governments will be varied. Check back as the situation develops, we're updating the document regularly as the situation shifts.