‘Thready or not,’ the public sector is jumping onto the latest social media platform

One expert shares tips for navigating the still-evolving world of Threads. Plus, a roundup of our favorite state and local government introductory posts.

Teens experience unprecedented mental health problems. Are social media restrictions the solution?

Some say limiting adolescents' access to social media will protect their mental health from harmful content and users, but experts argue there are less restrictive options available.

Lawmakers concerned White House will let TikTok stay in the US

Two Republican lawmakers warned that tweaked language in a new Commerce Department rule could lay the groundwork for TikTok’s proposal to store U.S. users’ data in the country.

Digital literacy, not bans, should shape states' approach to social media

Protecting children from harmful content is important, but states should help young people understand the platforms’ risks and make informed decisions about what to view, experts say.

A balancing act: Adding humor to government communications

COMMENTARY | Local and state agencies walk a fine line between showing their personality through humor and remaining factual.

Louisiana bans TikTok on state networks and devices. Will it make any difference?

The law does little to protect state-owned devices and personal data, cybersecurity experts say.

Lawmakers Try to Keep Kids Off Social Media, Porn Sites

Skeptics doubt legislators’ ability to thwart tech-savvy teens.

A TikTok ban isn’t a data security solution. It will be difficult to enforce – and could end up hurting users

Montana recently banned downloading the popular social media app TikTok within state lines, but some question if the law could be enforced and if it actually protects user's data.

Montana Ban Targets TikTok, Along with China and Big Tech

State lawmakers are treading on new ground with an outright ban, but legislators around the country are concerned about the reach of social media. Plus, more news to use from around the country in this week's State and Local Roundup.

Should governments ban TikTok? Can they?

A cybersecurity expert explains the risks the app poses and the challenges to blocking it.

Enforcement Questions Dog State’s Proposed TikTok Ban

One expert derided legislation like Montana’s statewide ban on TikTok as unenforceable from a technological point of view. What's more, states acting individually to ban foreign-made technology can be problematic, researchers say.

Enforcement questions dog state’s proposed TikTok ban

One expert derided legislation like Montana’s statewide ban on TikTok as “breathtakingly obtuse” and unenforceable from a technological point of view.

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.

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.

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.

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