Oklahoma universities ban TikTok on school-issued devices, networks

Universities across Oklahoma have banned TikTok from campus devices and networks following a Dec. 9 executive order by Gov. Kevin Stitt. Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma announced the popular app will be blocked from university-owned devices, as well as campus Wi-Fi networks. | MORE | Govt. Kevin Stitt talks next steps after TikTok ban on state devices UCO officials said the decision to ban the app came after discussions with the university’s legal team. They said they are complying with the order as a state agency. However, Stitt told KOCO 5 earlier this month that the executive order would not impact universities. “OU and OSU are not state agencies, so my executive order just directs executive agencies — those that are part of our IT network — so OU and OSU are not part of that,” Stitt said. During this conversation with Stitt, the governor said he supports universities following his lead. A spokesperson for UCO said, if the university is able to confirm the order does not apply to them, they would reconsider removing access to the app.

Universities across Oklahoma have banned TikTok from campus devices and networks following a Dec. 9 executive order by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Central Oklahoma announced the popular app will be blocked from university-owned devices, as well as campus Wi-Fi networks.

| MORE | Govt. Kevin Stitt talks next steps after TikTok ban on state devices

UCO officials said the decision to ban the app came after discussions with the university’s legal team. They said they are complying with the order as a state agency.

However, Stitt told KOCO 5 earlier this month that the executive order would not impact universities.

“OU and OSU are not state agencies, so my executive order just directs executive agencies — those that are part of our IT network — so OU and OSU are not part of that,” Stitt said.

During this conversation with Stitt, the governor said he supports universities following his lead.

A spokesperson for UCO said, if the university is able to confirm the order does not apply to them, they would reconsider removing access to the app.

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