This 2023, of course, has not been the year of the TikTok social network, as the ban on the virtual platform in the United States, previously limited only to government officials, has now begun to extend to the general public.
Since the administration of former President Donald Trump, the US administration has indicated that TikTok provides data from the platform to the Chinese government, which it has deemed to endanger national security.
And it is that this week the US state of Montana was the first entity in the territory of the North American country to prohibit the use of the virtual platform of viral videos from China throughout its territory.
In view of this new local law, a group of content creators have filed a lawsuit against the new rule imposed by the state of Montana in the United States.
Last Wednesday, May 17, 2023, when the governor of the state of Montana, Greg Gianforte, published legislation that bans all citizens from using the social network TikTok, effective January 1, 2024.
The immediate response of 5 content creators from the ByteDance social network was to file a lawsuit in Montana district court against the ban on the Asian application.
In the text in which they refer to Montana’s attorney general, Austin Knudsen, TikTokers point out that the law aims to “exercise an authority over national security that Montana does not have and restrict free speech.”
Meanwhile, ByteDance criticized that the measure that Montana will impose on its citizens on the first day of next year violates the rights of citizens enshrined in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The case was assigned to Judge Donald Molloy, who was nominated to the position in 1995 by former US President Bill Clinton, a Democrat.
Significantly, the state law imposes fines of up to $10,000 per day on TikTok and other services if they do not comply with the ban to prevent downloads and use of the TikTok app.