montana It became the first American state to use the social network TIC Tac prohibits The state’s governor has signed into law a law banning mobile app stores in Montana from offering a Chinese government-owned app until next year.
According to a Reuters report, Montana, with its law, provides Tik Tok within the state by Google application stores And Apple particle for direct object illegal has announced, but will not impose any punishment on people who use this program. The ban on Tik Tok within this state will come into effect on January 1, 2024 (11 January 1402).
TikTok’s reaction to the ban in Montana
Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte told lawmakers that the bill and the broader ban on TikTok would further “our shared priority of protecting the people of Montana from the surveillance of the Chinese Communist Party.”
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance, released a statement saying the new law “violates the First Amendment rights of the people of Montana by unlawfully banning TikTok” and said it was “working to defend the rights of its users both inside and outside of the state.” “Montana will continue.”
TikTok, which has more than 150 million American users, has faced increasing calls from U.S. lawmakers and state officials to ban the app nationwide over the past few years due to concerns about possible Chinese government influence on the platform. .
In April, the CEO of Bytedance announced in Congress that the company does not share user information with the Chinese government and that the information of American users is stored and maintained in the United States in the servers of an American company with the help of American personnel. Even with this claim, American lawmakers are looking to pass laws that would allow the US government to block Tik Tok.
TikTok isn’t the only one facing such problems in the United States, as the French government also banned the use of it and Candy Crush for its employees last month. Britain and New Zealand also announced such a decision at the end of last year.