The drumbeat of governmental unease with TikTok has been steadily growing louder since it started in earnest with the Trump administration, but intensity on this issue jumped to a new level heading into the 2022 midterm elections. Since 2020, more than half of US states have taken some level of official action against TikTok, most commonly by issuing a ban against its use on government devices or networks. On December 29, 2022, congress passed the No TikTok on Government Devices Act as part of an omnibus spending bill, which had been fast-tracked to avoid government shutdown. That legislation required the Biden administration to establish rules removing the app from government-issued devices by mid-February, although the House of Representatives had already banned it on devices it owns or manages. Local governments have acted here as well – for example, the city of Charlotte banned TikTok on employee work phones. These actions are causing some conflict among public entities: while the governor of Alaska has started a ban on state-issued devices, the University of Alaska has held the position it is not covered by the order despite receiving state funding.