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Montana Enacts TikTok Prohibition: Discover Why It’s Likely Ineffective

TikTok Bill Passed by Montana Legislature, Though Questions Remain About Enforcement

On Friday, a ground-breaking bill to outlaw TikTok in Montana was approved by the House of Representatives. The Republican-majority House enacted this first-of-its-kind measure 54 to 43. Governor Greg Gianforte, a Republican, is set to sign the bill, calling TikTok a “significant threat” to state security and data privacy.

The law requires that beginning January 1, 2024, mobile app shops stop letting Montanans download TikTok. However, the bill leaves unclear how the state’s administration plans to oversee or implement this prohibition.

App retailers that are discovered to be breaking the law by permitting TikTok downloads or opening access to the app risk a daily fine of $10,000 for each individual infraction. However, the bill’s vagueness about enforcement and oversight prompts questions about its viability.

Democratic Representative Zooey Zephyr of Missoula noted that Montanans might be able to get around the restriction by downloading TikTok while concealing their location by using virtual private networks (VPNs). The impact on those who utilise internet connections that originate from outside the state is not addressed in the proposal.

Attorney Shane Scanlon argued that internet service providers are unable to regulate consumers’ online activity during a Senate committee hearing earlier this year. Scanlon opposed the bill. Scanlon asserted that TikTok would be responsible for blocking access to the app within Montana. The legislation’s viability and enforcement strategies are still up for debate as it moves forward.

TikTok Ban Advances in Montana

Recently, Austin Knudsen, the attorney general of Montana, approved a ban on the well-known social networking site TikTok, calling it a “critical step to ensure we are protecting Montanans’ privacy.” The prohibition has drawn criticism, especially from representatives of TikTok.

The state doesn’t have a “feasible plan” to enforce the ban, according to a spokesperson for TikTok, Brooke Oberwetter. He said TikTok will continue to fight for users and creators whose livelihoods and First Amendment rights are threatened by this government encroachment. TikTok argued in an earlier statement that the law is not about user safety but rather an effort to “unilaterally restrict the freedom of Montanans based on nothing more than fears and falsehoods.”

Republican state senator Shelley Vance first proposed the ban on TikTok in Montana because she thinks the app endangers the safety of Montanans and Americans in general. The ban’s proponents contend that the widespread belief that ByteDance, TikTok’s parent business, serves as a “surveillance arm” for the Chinese government, justifies its necessity.

Democratic lawmakers made the suggestion that the bill be broadened to cover all social media platforms that gather user data. Republicans, on the other hand, argued against such revisions and insisted that the law should only explicitly target TikTok.

After the 2020 ban proposed by former President Donald Trump was reversed by the Biden Administration in 2021, bipartisan support for a nationwide TikTok ban has developed. After Forbes reported that TikTok could track user keystrokes and that ByteDance, TikTok’s parent firm, was spying on Americans, most U.S. states banned its usage on government computers. December’s congressional prohibition was similar. Many schools limit TikTok on their Wi-Fi networks. The Chinese government and TikTok resist the U.S. government’s demand that TikTok’s Chinese owners sell their stake in the firm.

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