​TikTok Files Lawsuit Against Montana over Statewide Ban

The company argues that the ban infringes on First Amendment rights

BY Emilie Richardson-DupuisPublished May 23, 2023

TikTok has filed a federal lawsuit against Montana, contesting the state's ban on the social media app that was signed into law last week. 

TikTok argues that the ban infringes upon free speech and amounts to censorship. "We are challenging Montana's unconstitutional TikTok ban to protect our business and the hundreds of thousands of TikTok users in Montana," TikTok said in a statement.

The law prohibits the use of TikTok within the state of Montana, imposing a daily fine of up to $10,000 USD on app stores or TikTok for each instance of providing access or allowing downloads. 

The suit states, "The state has enacted these extraordinary and unprecedented measures based on nothing more than unfounded speculation."

The ban, initially implemented on government-owned devices in December, is set to take effect on January 1, 2024. TikTok is expected to take the case to federal court, potentially reaching the US Supreme Court.

Last week, five Montana content creators banded together to file a lawsuit seeking to overturn the ban

In February, Canada banned the use of TikTok on federal government devices

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