Purdue University bans use of university accounts on TikTok – Journal & Courier

Purdue University bans use of university accounts on TikTok – Journal & Courier

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University joined a list of U.S. colleges banning a popular social media platform, stating the university “will no longer participate on or support the TikTok platform via university central, college or departmental accounts.”
The decision, made in December 2022, involved Purdue deleting its central campus account @LifeAtPurdue from the TikTok platform.
Purdue also encouraged colleges and departments at their West Lafayette, Fort Wayne and Northwest campuses using TikTok to delete their accounts and cease any further plans to post, interact or engage on TikTok.
“The decision was prompted by concerns about cybersecurity risks to user data privacy, algorithmic censorship of free speech, and threats to national security, as documented publicly by the U.S. federal government,” reads Purdue University’s press release.
TikTok, the Chinese-owned app developed by ByteDance, has become a concern to both Republican and Democratic lawmakers regarding China’s ability to potentially use the app to spy on Americans.
This concern has led states across the country to enact bans on the app’s use on federal government-owned devices. That eventually led to public universities restricting access to the app by blocking it from campus Wi-Fi networks and school-owned devices.
In the case of Purdue University’s ban, it will only affect TikTok accounts related to the institution and does not affect students’ or faculty members’ ability to access the app via the school’s Wi-Fi networks.
Although this may change in the future, Purdue expressed interest in addressing the need for further action toward the app.
“Purdue is examining potential further actions, as an increasing number of state governments and public universities have also removed TikTok from devices or networks paid for by public institutions,” reads the press release.
Graig Lubsen, spokesman for The Indiana Office of Technology, told The Journal Gazette, that the office banned the use of TikTok from being used on state devices as of Dec. 7.
Although Purdue University has deleted its content from TikTok, Purdue informed students they will still be creating content presented through other apps, such as Instagram Reels and YouTube Shorts content.
“These platforms avail opportunities to engage, educate, inspire and entertain the prospective student demographic and provide for more informal, student-driven content.”
Noe Padilla is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter at 1NoePadilla.


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