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CFO Jimmy Patronis: Pulling the Plug on TikTok in Florida K-12 Schools

5/3/2023
For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Contact: Office of Communications, Communications@MyFloridaCFO.com, 850.413.2842

CFO Jimmy Patronis: Pulling the Plug on TikTok in Florida K-12 Schools

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis issued a statement following the passage of House Bill 379 which prohibits the access of certain social media applications, such as TikTok on public school devices for K-12 classrooms. This year, the CFO advocated for a ban on TikTok from Florida’s K-12 schools and Universities.

CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “TikTok is nothing more than digital fentanyl and has no place in Florida’s schools. It rots our children’s brains and distracts them from learning. It also poses a major security risk to Floridians and our educational institutions. I applaud Senator Yeager and Representative Burgess for their hard work to protect our children and our schools. Left unchecked, social media can be a real threat, and we cannot allow it to continue to target Florida’s youth and used to steal our valuable information.”

To view CFO Patronis’ 2023 “Keep Florida Free” Legislative Priorities, click HERE.

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About CFO Jimmy Patronis  
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).