The Parliament of the state of Montana (USA) this Friday approved a bill aimed at banning the TikTok application owned by the Chinese ByteDance on the mobile devices of all its residents.
Montana could become the first US state to ban TikTok entirely if Greg Gianforte, the governor of Montana, signs a Republican initiative that would make it law and take effect.
A spokesman for the governor said Friday that he would “carefully consider” the proposal, but gave no indication of whether Gianforte would sign it into law.
Montana’s ban is the toughest yet passed by a state legislature and goes beyond the federal government’s ban and half of the 50 US states, including Montana, have imposed measures to prevent public officials from having TikTok on their cell phones.
Various sectors of the United States, including the FBI, members of Congress, and state authorities, have expressed concern about the possibility that TikTok could be used by Beijing for espionage, as the application is owned by a Chinese company. The company is owned by ByteDance.
China has security laws that could force tech companies to share data with its intelligence services, but TikTok and other companies argue these concerns are nonsense and have taken various measures to protect their users’ data. has been implemented.
As reported in the US media in March, the Joe Biden government has threatened TikTok owner ByteDance to ban the social network across the United States if it does not sell the shares it holds in the popular application.
Former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) tried to veto Tiktok, but the matter did not materialize after a long legal battle.
TikTok has around 100 million users in the United States and in a short time has become one of the most popular social networks in the world, especially among teenagers.