Governor of Montana (USA), Republican Greg Gianforte Washington signed a law on Wednesday banning the use of Chinese app TikTok, becoming the first state in the country to ban the popular social platform.
Gianforte reported the move on his Twitter account: “In order to protect the private and personal data of Chinese Communist Party climbers, I have banned TikTok in the state”, he wrote.
The Montana state Congress last month approved a bill aimed at banning the platform owned by the Chinese company. bytedance on the mobile devices of all its residents.
Montana’s ban is the toughest ever approved by a US territory and goes beyond a ban that the federal government and half of the country’s 50 states have enacted to prevent public officials from having TikTok on their cell phones.
Concerns have been raised by various quarters, including the FBI, members of Congress and state officials, that TikTok could be used by Beijing for espionage purposes, as the app is owned by a China-based company.
The Asian country has security laws that could force technology companies to share data with its intelligence services, but TikTok and other companies argue these concerns are misplaced and have taken a number of measures to protect their users’ data. has been implemented.
According to US media reports in March, the government of Joe Biden have threatened bytedance The owner of TikTok, with the social network banned across the United States if it does not sell the shares they hold in the popular application.
there is something in tiktok 100 million users In the United States and in a short time it has become one of the most popular social networks in the world, especially among teenagers.