Montana Passes Bill to Ban TikTok App Amid National Security Concerns

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Mon¬≠tana has become the first state in the US to pass a bill ban¬≠ning the pop¬≠u¬≠lar social media app Tik¬≠Tok from oper¬≠at¬≠ing with¬≠in its borders. 

The move comes amid con¬≠cerns over nation¬≠al secu¬≠ri¬≠ty, with law¬≠mak¬≠ers cit¬≠ing fears that the app could put user data at risk of being hand¬≠ed over to the Chi¬≠nese 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.

Sup¬≠port¬≠ers of the ban argue that two Chi¬≠nese laws require com¬≠pa¬≠nies to coop¬≠er¬≠ate with nation¬≠al intel¬≠li¬≠gence oper¬≠a¬≠tions, rais¬≠ing con¬≠cerns over the safe¬≠ty of user data.

Tik¬≠Tok has denied these alle¬≠ga¬≠tions, stat¬≠ing that its servers for US users are locat¬≠ed in Texas. How¬≠ev¬≠er, the ban on the app in Mon¬≠tana is seen as a test case for oth¬≠er states con¬≠sid¬≠er¬≠ing sim¬≠i¬≠lar 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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