Colorado Governor Jared Polis refuses to answer questions on use of Chinese spy app TikTok

By Matt Connelly

Following calls to ban the Chinese spy app TikTok on state devices from five Republican lawmakers and in an op-ed I wrote a few weeks back, the mainstream media is finally picking up on the topic. 

But Jared Polis is refusing to answer their questions, why is that?

In an Axios story published yesterday, Polis refused to answer questions from reporter John Frank:

The intrigue: Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, is not part of the push. In fact, he’s an unapologetic TikTok user.

  • Four state lawmakers pressed him on the issue, sending a letter in March expressing security concerns, conservative website Campfire Colorado reportsMore than 20 states have banned the app on government devices.

Polis declined to answer questions from Axios Denver or respond to lawmakers about whether he’s concerned about the app’s connections to the Chinese Communist Party, and whether it should be allowed on state government devices.

The questions won’t go away no matter how much Governor Jared Polis would like to avoid them.

A Wall Street Journal exclusive story posted this morning shows that TikTok trackers were found embedded in state government websites across the country.

Governor Polis will be forced to address the issue sooner or later – it would be prudent for the security of Colorado if he took action as soon as possible.

Meanwhile, Aurora City Councilmember Dustin Zvonek passed a resolution in Aurora last night calling for banning TikTok from city devices and in a tweet called on Polis to do the same at the state level.

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About the Author:

Matt Connelly is the founder of Campfire Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @MattConnelly.