Indiana universities complain about Texas campuses and block access to TikTok on Wi-Fi networks – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Multiple colleges across the country have banned TikTok from their campus networks as many state governments have issued similar bans.

More universities across the country are taking steps to block the app. The most recent school, the University of Texas at Austin, has suspended access to its Wi-Fi network.

But Abbey Stemler, associate professor at the IU Kelley School of Business, says it will be difficult.

“You’re just going to have a hard time, right? Because students are very smart. They will find ways to bypass censorship or maybe the technical aspects of accessing the apps, but I think it’s great that universities are starting a conversation,” Stemler said.

This comes after lawmakers raised concerns about its ties to China through its parent company ByteDance.

The landscape of social media is constantly evolving. Ball State University routinely monitors news and developments related to TikTok and other social media platforms and has not made any changes to policies or access related to social media at this time. Should this landscape evolve in a way that calls for reconsideration, our leadership will do so in the interest of our students, faculty and staff, and our entire campus community.

Ball State University statement

“We don’t have university accounts, but staff, staff and students can use them for free on their own devices.”

“The decision was prompted by concerns about algorithmic censorship of free speech, risks to online user privacy, and threats to national security associated with foreign-controlled public media, as publicly documented by the FCC and the FBI.”

“Besides, the decision was made at the end of last year.”

Purdue University statement

TikTok can track every tap on your screen while you browse it, which experts say can be dangerous.

“The data behind the location, the identity, the tracking of each user in relation to their purchasing habits or their preferences. We know this can be very damaging if it falls into the wrong hands,” Stemler said.

Stemler also spoke about freedom of speech.

“Whenever you’re trying to regulate a tech company designed to help people communicate and connect, you’re restricting a means, a way of speech. However, I think most would agree that there are other outlets that are available,” Stemler said.

“China-based TikTok sheds dirt on kids’ minds — and students aren’t immune. This ban by Texas state universities is a step in the right direction, especially within schools of any kind. Our children need to be protected. China knows this and restricts access for children. And their own children cannot see ads about sexual content, drugs, alcohol, and even suicide because they know it is detrimental to their development. Our country needs to come together and delete TikTok.”

Office of the Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita

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