I’ve been taking some classes online “just because” (never got a degree of any kind so something minimal might be fun considering I had old credits I could still use) and went with Florida State College of Jacksonville because they had rolling admissions and my local community college didn’t. $25 last August, next thing I know I’m doing it. Anyway, today I get an e-mail that affects on-campus peeps. I’ve been waiting for the excuse to ban TikTok from Florida but I expected at the K-12 level. Surprised to see it at the college level too. Of course it’s their network and it’s not the first time an institution has restricted access to sites for various reasons. But that it’s a State of Florida policy adds to the interest here. Some will agree with the censorship, others won’t. But I share because it just happened and I guess it’s a law now I didn’t know about? —————- “Greetings students, FSCJ is moving forward with meeting the requirements pursuant to Florida Statute section 112.22. This statute requires FSCJ to block access to websites and social media platforms deemed to threaten personal privacy and national security. As a result, FSCJ will be blocking access to the following social media apps, technologies and websites as of Monday, February 26, 2024. The use of these applications on FSCJ-owned devices or networks will not be allowed, and use of these applications will be blocked from access via personal devices on the College’s wired and wireless networks. QQ TikTok WeChat VKontakte Kaspersky These applications have been identified to bring unnecessary risk by the Florida Division of Management Services.”

I’ve been taking some classes online “just because” (never got a degree of any kind so something minimal might be fun considering I had old credits I could still use) and went with Florida State College of Jacksonville because they had rolling admissions and my local community college didn’t. $25 last August, next thing I know I’m doing it.

Anyway, today I get an e-mail that affects on-campus peeps. I’ve been waiting for the excuse to ban TikTok from Florida but I expected at the K-12 level. Surprised to see it at the college level too. Of course it’s their network and it’s not the first time an institution has restricted access to sites for various reasons. But that it’s a State of Florida policy adds to the interest here. Some will agree with the censorship, others won’t. But I share because it just happened and I guess it’s a law now I didn’t know about?
—————-
“Greetings students,

FSCJ is moving forward with meeting the requirements pursuant to Florida Statute section 112.22. This statute requires FSCJ to block access to websites and social media platforms deemed to threaten personal privacy and national security.
As a result, FSCJ will be blocking access to the following social media apps, technologies and websites as of Monday, February 26, 2024. The use of these applications on FSCJ-owned devices or networks will not be allowed, and use of these applications will be blocked from access via personal devices on the College’s wired and wireless networks.
  • QQ
  • TikTok
  • WeChat
  • VKontakte
  • Kaspersky
These applications have been identified to bring unnecessary risk by the Florida Division of Management Services.”
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