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TikTok sues Montana over social media app ban

Social media company TikTok sued the state of Montana in federal court on Monday, alleging that a state law banning the app violates free speech.

Montana passed its first statewide bill last week to ban the Chinese-owned media platform, the most popular short-form video platform, from its state borders.

The law, which went into effect in January, would impose a fine of $10,000 on anyone who uses or assists in using TikTok in Montana.

The state said it would not enforce the law against individual users, only technology companies.

Montana officials said the law would protect residents’ personal data and personal information from the Chinese Communist government.

But the company claims the state violates federal law and the U.S. Constitution. It asked the court to stay from enforcing the law while the merits of the case are pending.

Within 24 hours of the law being passed, five TikTok users in Montana argued that the law violates their right to free speech and that the state has no authority on national security matters. filed a lawsuit in federal court in Missoula. TikTok sues Montana over social media app ban

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