Social Media

Twitter turmoil prompts agencies to plan for social media upsets

Agencies must find ways to adapt to changes in Twitter’s operations to ensure residents still receive the information they need, experts say.

Montana could be first state to ban TikTok

Lawmakers approved legislation to prevent the app from operating within the state, but critics said it has no clear enforcement plan and violates the U.S. Constitution.

What is Discord? An internet researcher explains the social media platform at the center of Pentagon leak of top-secret intelligence

A 21-year-old Guardsman in the U.S. Air Force National Guard was arrested Thursday in connection to the leak of national security intel on the popular social media platform Discord.

Banning TikTok could weaken personal cybersecurity

TikTok restrictions could lead to individuals engaging in risky digital behavior to circumvent mobile app bans, potentially exposing their networks and data to bad actors, an expert warns.

AI helps responders mine social media for public safety insights

An artificial intelligence platform analyzes social media photos and texts to give responders more situational awareness.

Social media age verification faces practicality, privacy challenges

Utah recently approved legislation designed to restrict minors’ use of the platforms, but critics say the effort is unworkable and could leave personal information vulnerable to hackers.

Is your TikTok account hiding enemies of the state? How do you know?

Some lawmakers are trying to ban the app from government-owned devices, a move experts say will strengthen cybersecurity.

AI and Twitter could help predict opioid deaths

Language data from social media posts combined with mortality data can predict opioid-related overdoses in U.S. counties with the help of artificial intelligence.

White House to officially ban TikTok from government devices within 30 days

The guidance follows legislation Congress passed late last year that officially required federal agencies to ban TikTok after dozens of states moved to restrict the app on government devices.

State details how agencies must apply TikTok ban

The Texas plan requires agencies to ban employees and contractors from downloading the app and other prohibited tech on connected state devices, identify areas where sensitive information could be exposed and implement network-based restrictions.

Dozens of US schools, universities move to ban TikTok

The social media platform is falling out of favor among school officials as the app becomes increasingly dangerous for cyberattacks and students' physical and mental health.

Texas universities block access to TikTok on campus Wi-Fi networks

It’s the latest step to limit access to the service after Gov. Greg Abbott directed state agencies to ban the app on government-issued devices citing cybersecurity risks.

Governors' TikTok bans make sense, cybersecurity experts say

TikTok's connection to Chinese government and the app's ability to closely track user data makes the social media platform a genuine cybersecurity concern, experts say.

U.S. Senate votes to bar TikTok from government devices as state bans multiply

The states that have announced bans in the past two weeks include Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maryland, New Hampshire and Tennessee. 

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.