TikTok filed a lawsuit Monday to challenge Montana’s ban of the social platform, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The case was brought against the state attorney general Austin Knudsen.
Montana’s governor signed the bill banning the app in the state last week, one month after the state’s legislature passed it. The law is set to take effect on January 1st, 2024. The following day after the signing, a group of creators sued the state along similar grounds as TikTok’s suit today.
We are challenging Montana’s unconstitutional TikTok ban to protect our business and the hundreds of thousands of TikTok users in Montana. We believe our legal challenge will prevail based on an exceedingly strong set of precedents and facts.
— TikTokComms (@TikTokComms) May 22, 2023
The law prohibits the ByteDance-owned platform from operating in the state, as well as preventing app stores from listing the app for download. Although it isn’t clear how Montana plans to enforce the ban, it states that violations will tally fines of $10,000 per day.
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