Montana Leads Growing Bipartisan Momentum to Ban TikTok

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Last month, Montana became the first state to completely ban TikTok over concerns that the Chinese Communist Party could be using the popular social media app to spy on American citizens. Despite a lawsuit from TikTok, Republicans in Montana are standing by the new law as leaders in other states – both Republican and Democrat – weigh bans of their own.

The Montana ban, which Governor Greg Gianforte signed into law on May 18, is set to take full effect next January. It imposes a fine of up to $10,000 per day on platforms that offer the app on their marketplaces, such as the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

The law was predictably met with a lawsuit four days later from TikTok, which said it was “challenging Montana’s unconstitutional TikTok ban to protect our business and the hundreds of thousands of TikTok users in Montana.” The …

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