Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte signed the law, which goes into effect at the turn of the year.
Users are not penalized, but the ability to use and download the application will be prohibited. Thus, for example, Google and Apple risk fines if Tiktok is available in their digital stores in Montana.
Gianforte justified the law by worrying that Tiktok would hand over sensitive user information to the Chinese government.
“It is well documented that the Chinese Communist Party uses TikTok to spy on Americans, violate their privacy, and collect their personal, private, and sensitive information,” the governor said in a statement. statement.
Tiktok claims the law violates freedom of speech – which is protected by the First Amendment to the US Constitution – and is likely to be appealed.
The ACLU rights organization is also critical and predictive Twitter The law is “an assault on the right to free expression of the hundreds of thousands of people in Montana who use the app.”
Chinese companies are required by law to assist the country’s intelligence services, and the concern surrounding Tiktok is whether the Beijing system can monitor and profit from the app’s user data. China – like TikTok – denied all accusations.
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