Horry-Georgetown Technical College bans TikTok from campus network

Published: Mar. 24, 2023 at 10:38 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 24, 2023 at 11:16 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry-Georgetown Technical College has announced that TikTok is now banned from its campus network.

In an email sent to students, faculty and staff sent Thursday, the school said the decision came due to “known security concerns” and was “made in the best interest of our college community following Governor Henry McMaster’s request for all state agencies to block TikTok.”

As a result, the app is now banned on all devices connected to HGTC Internet networks on its campuses.

The full email, obtained by WMBF News early Friday, can be read below:

The move comes amid scrutiny against TikTok, with concerns from lawmakers regarding how American data is stored as well as its moderation practices.

HGTC’s Director of Tech Support, Nick Rider says they are simply complying with the Governors request and taking the steps they feel will keep their networks safe.

“When using the secure college network we need the highest level of security for our users and that’s what we decided to do,” said Rider.

It’s important to understand the ban is only on devices connected to the internet networks on the HGTC campuses.

Anyone can still use the TikTok app using cellular data or their own WiFi hotspot.

Stay with WMBF News for updates.