Montana has completely banned Tiktok. It has also become the first US state to completely ban TikTok. On this ban imposed by Montana, TikTok has said that this step violates the rights of the people.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte on Wednesday signed a law banning the use and operation of Chinese-owned TikTok in the state to protect people from alleged intelligence gathering by China, according to a report by news agency Reuters. After this it became the first US state to ban the popular short video app TikTok.
In this regard, Google and Apple have also been alerted that TikTok should not appear on the app stores of both companies within the state of Montana, although no penalty has been imposed on the use of TikTok, but if TikTok is found on any app store will be fined $10,000 per day.
The ban is to take effect from January 1, 2024 and is almost certain to face legal challenges, although cyber security experts say the ban could be difficult to enforce. The bill signed by the governor banning the app aims to protect citizens from foreign influence, as TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance.
Tiktok has issued a statement saying that the new law violates the first rights of the people of Montana by illegally banning Tiktok. The statement further said that the company will continue to work for the rights of its users inside and outside of Montana.