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Montana’s Attempt to Ban TikTok Blocked by U.S. Judge

In a significant ruling, a U.S. judge has prevented Montana from implementing a state ban on popular short-video sharing app TikTok. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy stated that the ban violated the free speech rights of users and exceeded state power. The Chinese-owned app, TikTok, sued Montana earlier this year, arguing that the ban infringed upon the First Amendment rights of both the company and its users.

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TikTok users in Montana also joined the lawsuit, expressing concerns about privacy and potential Chinese surveillance. The judge’s decision has been hailed by TikTok, who stated that “hundreds of thousands of Montanans can continue to express themselves, earn a living, and find community on TikTok.”

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While the ruling is preliminary, the Montana state attorney general’s office, which defended the ban, is reviewing options and plans to present a comprehensive legal argument in defense of the law. The ban proposed fines of $10,000 for TikTok violations in the state, but did not penalize individual users.

Judge Molloy found merit in TikTok’s arguments and criticized what he perceived as an “anti-Chinese sentiment” in Montana’s case and legislation.

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It is worth noting that TikTok has faced scrutiny at the federal level, with some members of Congress attempting to ban the app or grant the Biden administration authority to impose restrictions on foreign-owned apps. However, these efforts have not gained traction.

While many states and the U.S. government have prohibited TikTok on government devices, Montana was the only state to seek a complete ban. Former President Donald Trump had also attempted to ban TikTok in 2020, alongside Chinese-owned WeChat, but court decisions halted the implementation of the ban.

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