Proposal to draft a resolution to prohibit TikTok on city-issued devices moves to full Rapid City council after 3-2 vote

RAPID CITY, SD – Following action in the State and the House, Rapid City Councilman Jason Salamun, Ward 3, proposed to draft a resolution to prohibit TikTok on city-issued devices.

While drafting the resolution, it would also include restricting access to TikTok on city networks and prohibiting city accounts on the TikTok platform.

The resolution was approved by the Legal & Finance committee, 3-2, and moved on to the full council.

“The state of South Dakota through Governor Noem’s executive order banned TikTok on government devices, state-issued devices, as well as other networks,” Salamun said. “What that did for me at the city level is say, ‘well, the state’s taking action and now we’ve seen the federal government has taken action through the Senate and the House that perhaps the city should do the same.'”

There were concerns brought forward with the resolution, like what departments use the app for information and how it could impact the city’s communication with residents.

“The city is using this for civic engagement and to enhance communications, which I, unfortunately, feel we are lacking in,” Laura Armstrong, City Councilwoman, Ward 5, said during the meeting. “So, anytime we can communicate more, especially with the youth that use this, I think it’s a good thing. It promotes events, it provides education, and once again, it’s information sharing. I don’t think our role as council members is to micromanage each department or HR, and we need to trust these professionals and our directors that they are going to handle these potential issues.”

“The United States Senate unanimously approved the ban on TikTok. Federally- the federal government devices in the house passed it as well. So, it seemed to me that the council should be a no-brainer. But, you know, that’s all right. That’s the way it goes sometimes. But I think it’s the right thing to do for Rapid City to protect the data and information of our users,” Salamun said.

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