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Social Media

Stories related to how government agencies use social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook to engage with residents, as well as the policies that govern social media practices for the public sector. Includes coverage of the impact of social media companies on government.

Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court raise questions of whether social media companies do too much or too little in the way of moderating online content. The decisions could mean big changes for companies and users.
Amid a nationwide surge in drug overdoses caused by fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, private messaging platforms have made it harder for law enforcement to track sellers of deadly pills, one sheriff says.
The attention on TikTok underscores concerns in Congress that its parent, ByteDance Ltd., could share information with Chinese authorities. It’s also part of a broader bipartisan focus on ways the U.S. can counter China’s rising strategic influence.
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill aimed at banning any technology or platform from state devices that could threaten cybersecurity. TikTok was the impetus for the legislation.
Social media use is linked to increases in depression, social isolation, low self-esteem and suicidal ideation. Bans won't stop students from using it, but they might get us thinking about what we need less of.
University of Texas at Austin blocked access to the social media app TikTok on its WiFi networks this week, and while some students found the move a little bit frivolous, others said they were OK or happy with it.
In a unanimous vote this week, Cleveland County commissioners opted to ban TikTok from all county-owned devices. The move closely follows a Dec. 8 executive order issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt.
TikTok videos documenting the recruiting process of fraternities and sororities have become a staple of Greek life on some college campuses, but this might not last if more states ban the China-based app.
Following Gov. Greg Abbott's order banning state employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices, more universities are taking action, citing fears that the Chinese government is harvesting customers' data.
State of Ohio employees are no longer allowed to download or use TikTok or a number of other Chinese-owned apps on state-owned devices for security reasons, under an executive order issued by Gov. Mike DeWine.