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Montana became the first US state to ban TikTok KXan 36 Daily News

Date: April 12, 2024 Time: 16:22:47

The move is one of the most dramatic in a series of disputes between US authorities and TikTok, owned by Chinese technology company ByteDance. TikTok has come under increasing scrutiny for its links to China amid concerns that such links could pose a threat to national security, The Guardian reports. The federal government and more than half of US states have banned the app on government devices, and the Biden administration has threatened to ban it nationwide unless its parent company sells its shares. The company previously denied sharing data with the Chinese government and said it would not do so if asked.

Montana’s new law, which takes effect January 1, bans TikTok downloads in the state and imposes a $10,000-a-day fine on any “organization” (the app store or TikTok itself) for each time someone is “offered” access. the download of the platform or application. No penalties will be applied to users.

Gianforte also banned all social media apps that he says “collect and provide personal information or data to foreign adversaries on government devices.” Among the apps he listed are WeChat, which is based in China; and Russia-based Telegram Messenger. TikTok said in a statement that the Montana bill “violates Montana’s First Amendment rights by unlawfully banning TikTok” and that the company intends to “protect the rights of our users inside and outside of Montana.”

In March, TikTok CEO Show Zi Chu was forced to defend his company’s relationship with China in a bipartisan congressional hearing, and lawmakers also questioned the CEO about the social network’s impact on youth mental health. TikTok is one of the most popular social networks in the world with more than 100 million users in the US, and questions remain about how such bans will be applied and how they will affect users using the platform.

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Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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