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TikTok: A US judge overturns Montana’s ban on the basis of free expression.

Montana became the first US state to enact the ban, which was set to go into force on January 1st.

A week later, Montana sued the short-video sharing service, which is owned by China’s ByteDance.

TikTok, according to US District Judge Donald Molloy, “violates the Constitution in more ways than one” and “oversteps state power.”

The regulation would have made it unlawful for app stores to sell TikTok, with companies facing fines of up to $10,000 (£7,097).

TikTok expressed satisfaction with the rejection of the “unconstitutional law” to the BBC.

It went on to say that “hundreds of thousands of Montanans can continue to express themselves, earn a living, and find community on TikTok” .

According to Reuters, Montana’s state attorney’s office is pondering its next moves “to defend the law that protects Montanans from the Chinese Communist Party obtaining and using their data.”

Montana, which has a population of just more than one million people, banned the program from government devices in December of last year.

TikTok claims 150 million American users, the vast majority of whom are in their teens and twenties.

Concerns that data could be shared to the Chinese government have prompted authorities around the world to scrutinize the app.

In March, a congressional committee questioned its CEO, Shou Zi Chew, about the possibility.

Mr Shou has stated numerous times that TikTok will never spy on Americans. He did, however, disclose that employees had been monitoring journalists’ accounts.

Earlier this month, the US government stated that ByteDance either sell TikTok or face a ban in the country.

Nepal, like India, banned TikTok last month because its material “was detrimental to social harmony.”

ByteDance has often denied that company is under the influence of the Chinese government.


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