University of Oklahoma Prohibits Access to TikTok For Employees, Students

KTUL - December 25, 2022 9:41 am

The University of Oklahoma’s Chief Information Officer and Senior Associate Vice President of Information Technology David Horton sent a notice to all OU employees and students December 20.

The letter notified these individuals that TikTok will be prohibited on a university-owned or operated device, including OU wired and wireless networks.

This change comes following Governor Kevin Stitt’s Executive Order 2022-23 and is effective immediately.

The full note reads:

In compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order 2022-33, effective immediately, no University employee or student shall access the TikTok application or website on University-owned or operated devices, including OU wired and wireless networks. As a result of the Executive Order, access to the TikTok platform will be blocked and cannot be accessed from the campus network. University-administered TikTok accounts must be deleted and alternate social media platforms utilized in their place.

The Executive Order cites ongoing national and cybersecurity concerns with the TikTok application.

Thank you for your cooperation.


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