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In 2023, DMGS covered states taking mostly executive action to ban or regulate TikTok in some capacity. Entering 2024 legislative sessions, lawmakers around the country have introduced similar legislation.

Indiana: Bill Introduced to Ban TikTok Use on State Devices

On January 16, 2024, House Bill 1430 was introduced. The legislation would prohibit anyone who uses an electronic device issued by the state from installing TikTok on that device or using the device to access the website of a corporation that owns and distributes TikTok. It would also require the Office of Technology to configure devices to prohibit the installation of TikTok.

New Jersey: Regulating TikTok on State-issued Devices

New Jersey held legislative elections in November 2023, and the 2024–2025 New Jersey Legislature session began on January 9, 2024. State Senator James Holzapfel re-introduced S510, which would prohibit the download or use of TikTok on any state-issued electronic device, including cell phones, computers, tablets, or any device with internet connectivity capabilities.

Pennsylvania: House Committee Advances TikTok Ban Bill

In December 2023, the Pennsylvania House State Government Committee approved SB 379. The legislation, which passed the State Senate unanimously in March 2023, would ban state government agencies from downloading and using TikTok. Further, agencies, departments, commissions, and all state entities would be required to remove the application from the Commonwealth’s networks and establish certain restrictions to prevent the use and access of TikTok.

South Carolina: Legislation Introduced Regulating TikTok

After being pre-filed in November 2023, lawmakers introduced H 4596 in early January 2024. Under the bill, all South Carolina state agencies and departments would be required to prohibit state-owned electronic devices from accessing and using TikTok and other Chinese-owned applications that “threaten cybersecurity and infrastructure from foreign and domestic threats.” The prohibition would also extend to higher learning institutions and school districts.

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