Iowa Board of Regents

Statement from President Mike Richards on Governor Reynolds Directive to Ban Access to TikTok

December 15, 2022

On December 13, 2022, Governor Reynolds issued a directive to the Iowa Department of Management’s Office of the Chief Information Officer to ban TikTok on all state-owned devices.  Consistent with Governor Reynolds’ directive, I am directing all institutions under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents to comply with the following:

1.    Remove the software application TikTok from all electronic devices that are owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the institution.
2.    Prevent the installation of the software application TikTok on any electronic device that is owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the institution.
3.    Cease the creation, posting, and active management of content on all TikTok accounts owned or controlled by the institution.

This directive is effective immediately and shall remain in effect continuously unless otherwise modified or rescinded by the President of the Board of Regents.


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