CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 20: The TikTok logo is displayed outside a TikTok office on December 20, 2022 in Culver City, California. Congress is pushing legislation to ban the popular Chinese-owned social media app from most government devices.

I fought downloading TikTok for the longest time. But, during the stay-at-home adventures of 2020, I fell into the trap. And now, I’m addicted. And luckily, due to the field I work in, I even can browse TikTok at worst. It’s called research! But if you are an North Carolina state employee that is not an option anymore. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has banned TikTok for state employees. This comes after the FBI has warned the nation of National security threats due to the app. Listen I’m all about national security, but I’m also about OOTDs, Amazon lists, and shopping hauls. Can’t I just keep my guilty pleasure?

A large number of states have also banned the app for their employees including South Carolina, Texas, New Jersey, and Ohio. It’s also banned on federal devices. “It’s important for us to protect state information technology from foreign countries that have actively participated in cyberattacks against the United States,” Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement.

The statement goes on to say that “Cybersecurity professionals have identified TikTok and WeChat as high-risk applications due to their lack of sufficient privacy controls and connections to countries that sponsor or support cyber-attacks against the United States.” “It is essential that the state works to ensure the security of government technology,” NC House Representative Robert Reives said. “This Executive Order will help bolster state information technology protections and guard against cyberattacks in the future.”

You can read the full statement from Governor Coopper on the ban of TikTok for North Carolina state employees here.

Woman Drove To Gastonia NC Thinking It Was The Alps And The Internet Is Losing It

Listen there is nothing wrong with Gastonia. We love our Gaston county friends. But one thing it isn’t? Gastonia is definitely not the Swiss Alps. And it doesn’t compare. Sorry, it’s just not that pretty, and it isn’t even the mountains. But a viral parody TikTok video featuring photos of the Alps labeled as “Gastonia” was enough to convince one Florida woman to drive up here. The video has racked up millions of views, but I have to say I’m more interested in this woman. I have A LOT of questions about how she believed this and the apparent lack of ANY research she did. Like did you not google anything about this before you drove across 4 states? And did the cheap hotel and lack of resorts not raise a red flag? I’m not the only one perplexed by this either. It’s getting a lot of attention and reactions online. Here are some of my favorite reactions to the womans actually believing Gastonia looked like the Alps and making the trip!