Montana's governor signs bill banning TikTok (www.engadget.com)

Montana's governor signs bill banning TikTok

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The apps users wont face repercussions for using the service, but app stores and TikTok face daily fines of 10,000 for violating the law.

The statewide ban, and the expected legal challenge to it, offers a preview into how future attempts to ban the app could play out around the country.

The law is scheduled to take effect in 2024, though legal challenges could potentially delay that timeline.

The law prohibits the company from operating in the state and requires app stores to block users in Montana from downloading TikTok.

In a statement, a TikTok spokesperson said the Montana law unlawfully violates the First Amendment rights of its users.

Governor Gianforte has signed a bill that infringes on the First Amendment rights of the people of Montana by unlawfully banning TikTok, a platform that empowers hundreds of thousands of people across the state, the spokesperson said. We want to reassure Montanans that they can continue using TikTok to express themselves, earn a living, and find community as we continue working to defend the rights of our users inside and outside of Montana.

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