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US judge suspends TikTok ban in Montana

US judge suspends TikTok ban in Montana

On November 30, Donald Molloy, a US federal judge, temporarily suspended a ban on the use of TikTok in the state of Montana, which was set to take effect in January 2024. The judge ruled that it was actually a Chinese video-sharing site. , very popular among the youth, has a good chance of winning the ongoing case.

Molloy stayed the ban pending a final decision on TikTok’s appeal, filed in May.

Molloy said TikTok and its users have a good chance of winning the case because the Montana action would violate free speech and federal foreign policy privileges.

“The available documents leave little doubt that Montana’s legislature and attorney general were more concerned about TikTok’s Chinese nationality than user safety,” Molloy said in his closing remarks.

Montana passed a law in May banning TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance. The law required Apple and Google to remove the platform from their App Stores and Play Stores starting January 1, 2024, if they wanted to avoid fines of ten thousand dollars a day.

The social network immediately appealed, arguing that the law violated the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression.

TikTok has been in the sights of US officials for months: Many officials say the platform allows Beijing to spy on and manipulate some 150 million users in the US.

The company has always denied the allegations.

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