A federal judge in Texas dismissed a complaint from a group arguing that the limitations were unconstitutional and upheld the state’s TikTok ban on official devices and networks.
The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University filed the case in July, claiming that the ban on official devices, which also applies to public universities, violates academic freedom and makes it more difficult for instructors to instruct students and do research on social networking apps.
The Coalition for Independent Technology Research is a group of scholars and researchers that look at how technology affects society. The Knight Institute filed the complaint on their behalf. The group’s member, a professor at the University of North Texas, was also mentioned in their case. According to them, the prohibition prevented him from providing specific in-class assignments to students and forced him to halt several research initiatives.
Pitman said that although he acknowledges that the prohibition prohibits some university professors from conducting research and teaching about TikTok using state-provided devices and networks, the ban is also a “reasonable restriction on access to TikTok in light of Texas’s concerns.”
Usage Device Response
Western countries are concerned that the well-known social media site, which is run by Beijing-based ByteDance, would fall into the hands of misinformation. Numerous governments, Congress, and numerous colleges nationwide have taken action to limit the usage of TikTok on authorized devices in response to such worries.
The executive director of the Knight Institute, Jameel Jaffer, expressed disappointment in a statement following Judge Pitman’s decision to grant the preliminary injunction.
Pitman pointed out in the ruling that the state’s TikTok prohibition on official devices is more limited than Montana’s attempt to outlaw the app statewide. Just one month before the prohibition was supposed to go into effect, in late November, a federal judge stopped Montana’s sweeping ban. There will be a definitive decision at a later time.