Montana Passes Bill to Ban TikTok App Amid National Security Concerns

Mon­tana has become the first state in the US to pass a bill ban­ning the pop­u­lar social media app Tik­Tok from oper­at­ing with­in its borders. 

The move comes amid con­cerns over nation­al secu­ri­ty, with law­mak­ers cit­ing fears that the app could put user data at risk of being hand­ed over to the Chi­nese government. 

The bill has been approved by the state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and is cur­rent­ly await­ing review by Repub­li­can Gov­er­nor Greg Gianforte.

Tik­Tok, which is owned by Chi­nese tech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny ByteDance, has faced intense scruti­ny from the FBI and CIA over alle­ga­tions that it could be used to spread pro-North Korea pro­pa­gan­da and disinformation.

Sup­port­ers of the ban argue that two Chi­nese laws require com­pa­nies to coop­er­ate with nation­al intel­li­gence oper­a­tions, rais­ing con­cerns over the safe­ty of user data.

Tik­Tok has denied these alle­ga­tions, stat­ing that its servers for US users are locat­ed in Texas. How­ev­er, the ban on the app in Mon­tana is seen as a test case for oth­er states con­sid­er­ing sim­i­lar legislation. 

While a num­ber of states and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment have already banned Tik­Tok on gov­ern­ment devices, Mon­tana’s move goes fur­ther by seek­ing to ban the app outright.

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