And I think thats probably where this is headed.”
Soon after today’s vote, TikTok condemned the bill on both First Amendment and logistical grounds.
The bill’s champions have admitted that they have no feasible plan for operationalizing this attempt to censor American voices and that the bill’s constitutionality will be decided by the courts, TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter said in a statement. We will continue to fight for TikTok users and creators in Montana whose livelihoods and First Amendment rights are threatened by this egregious government overreach.
A previous version of the bill would have required internet service providers to block connections to TikTok in Montana, a task that ISP representatives said wasn’t doable.
The legislation is likely to become law, which would make Montana the first state in the US to ban the popular social media platforma move that could spark a constitutional battle and endanger digital rights.
People who already have TikTok on their devices would not be in violation of the law, which will now go to Greg Gianforte, Montana’s Republican governor.
A trade association that represents companies that run mobile app stores, namely Google and Apple, also told the Montana legislature that it would be virtually impossible to halt downloads of TikTok in Montana.
Google declined to comment.
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