Montana Banned The Chinese App – Tik Tok: Infuriated People

May 19, 2023

Since the time it was found that the Chinese platform Tik Tok has been accused of sharing the personal data of people with the Chinese government. Although TikTok never admitted to providing data to the Chinese government. However, if the Chinese government asks for the data, they are obliged to provide them without any delay. 

And considering this fact, several US states have already proposed a ban on TikTok. And among them, Montana became the first state to actually impose a state-wide ban on the Chinese app.

On Wednesday, Governor Gianforte posted a tweet saying, “To protect Montanans’ personal and private data from the Chinese Communist Party, I have banned TikTok in Montana.” 

In response to the bill, TikTok responded via a release stating it “infringes on the First Amendment rights of the people of Montana by unlawfully banning TikTok” and confirmed that it would defend the user rights inside or outside Montana.

When is the new law applicable?

Currently, the law has been executed, and the Montana government has made it unlawful to offer TikTok available in the Play Store and Apple Store for the residents of Montana. But those who already have installed and are using the platform will not face any penalties. The ban will take place from Jan. 1, 2024, but will certainly face various legal challenges.

The TikTok app is widely popular among teens and young adults. And because some people have taken it to the next level, banning the platform has already proven to be problematic.

The next day after the ban, a group of TikTokers sued the state calling it “The Ban was Unconstitutional.” They also said the law violated the First Amendment rights and claimed that the ban outstripped Montana’s legal authority as a state.

The ban on TikTok has also set a fire on civil liberty and digital rights groups along with the TikTok. Although, TikTok has yet not said to take any legal action and will continue to provide services to other users in the country.

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