Social Media

Lawmakers intro bill to ban TikTok in U.S.

TikTok poses a national security threat, according to lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle.

Gov. Greg Abbott bans TikTok on state phones and computers, citing cybersecurity risks

Following the lead of several other states, Texas' governor banned the social media platform from government-issued equipment and called for a plan to address TikTok's use on employees' personal devices.

More states move to ban TikTok from government devices

Maryland joined South Dakota in announcing a ban on state employees or agencies from using the app on government-issued devices, while South Carolina asked for it to be blocked.

State bans TikTok from government devices

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed an executive order banning state employees or agencies from downloading or using the app on work-issued devices.

What the world would lose with the demise of Twitter: valuable eyewitness accounts and raw data on human behavior, as well as a habitat for trolls

Twitter provides open source intelligence, insights into human behavior and a way for people to connect with government.

Twitter turbulence under Elon Musk poses headache for governments

States and localities have come to depend on the social media platform to get information out in emergencies and other situations. But a surge in imposter accounts has some worried.

Voting machine myths likely to increase during and after midterms, report finds

Cybersecurity firm Recorded Future identified mis- and disinformation campaigns suggesting that voting machines from three major companies “will be used to falsify the results of the midterms.”

TikTok should be banned in the U.S., FCC commissioner says

The commissioner’s comments are the latest in a long line of concerns about the social media platform’s Chinese ties.

The small Alabama city that’s gained 117,000 TikTok followers

Oneonta Mayor Richard Phillips’ video posts goofing around about local government and highlighting the town have attracted online fans and, in some cases, real life visitors.

States take new steps to stop election mistruths from going viral

To combat the rising misinformation threat, some states are bringing on cybersecurity specialists to comb social media and flag posts that spread falsehoods about the voting process.

Misinformation ‘harms nearly every element of election administration,’ committee report finds

State election officials said that they “need help at the federal level” to counter the threat.

Misinformation campaigns and threats are undermining confidence in U.S. elections, official says

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is ramping up efforts to defend voting systems from outside intrusion, but the spread of online misinformation and threats against election officials still damage faith in the electoral process.

State attorneys general open investigation into TikTok

The bipartisan group of state officials wants to know if the social media platform with more than 1 billion users could be harmful to children and young adults.

COVID-19 messages make emergency alerts just another text in the crowd on your home screen

When emergency alerts are hard to distinguish from text messages and when they announce the availability of vaccines rather than an impending tornado, are they still emergency alerts?

Protect your agency from security risks on social media

The consequences of a government-managed social media account falling into the wrong hands can have far-reaching impacts both for government and citizens.

How the census will reach the new urban millennials

With young urban renters unlikely to respond to nudges by mail, phone or strangers at the door, the Census Bureau is developing social media and other internet publicity that will encourage potential respondents to log in and fill out a form.