Judge Stops Montana's Tiktok Ban From Happening
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Judge Stops Montana’s Tiktok Ban From Happening

| December 1, 2023

A judge has decided to block Montana State’s ban on TikTok. This decision came late on Thursday regarding the first-ever state-wide ban of the short-video sharing application TikTok. This block will be effective Jan. 1. The block was issued on the basis of a violation of the Constitutional right of free speech.

U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy granted a preliminary injunction against the ban. The Chinese-owned app TikTok was no longer supposed to be banned. The block on the ban claimed that it breached the Constitution and exceeded state authority.

In May, TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance, filed a lawsuit against Montana. This lawsuit aimed to stop the U.S. state ban. They argued that the ban violates First Amendment rights of the company and users. Montana TikTok users filed a lawsuit against the state legislature’s approved ban. They also cited concerns about data privacy and potential Chinese surveillance.

TikTok has said in an official statement that, ” the judge rejected this unconstitutional law and hundreds of thousands of Montanans can continue to express themselves, earn a living, and find community on TikTok.”

A representative from Montana state attorney general Austin Knudsen’s office defended the ban. He mentioned that the ruling was provisional. He also acknowledged that the assessment might evolve during the case’s progression.

Knudsen’s office stated that they are thinking about their subsequent actions. As of now, they are thinking of a comprehensive legal defense. According to them, they were to safeguard Montanans from the Chinese Communist Party acquiring and utilizing their data.

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Debkanya Bhattacharya
Debkanya Bhattacharya

Debkanya is a lawyer turned writer. With an experience of 3 years, she is your go-to source for all things law. She has a soft corner for the US and international section. When the weekend arrives, you'll find her reading up on politics, Austen, or travel blogs over a cup of coffee.


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