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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