The news: Montana is the first state to approve a full ban on ByteDance’s TikTok, escalating the government's negative sentiment toward the popular video app on the grounds of its potential for spying on US citizens, per NPR.
An all-out ban: Montana's House of Representatives voted 54-43 to approve the bill that would ban TikTok from being downloaded in the state.
Sentiment is souring on TikTok: Governments of the US, Canada, Belgium, India, the UK, the European Commission, and France have banned TikTok from government devices over data privacy and national security concerns.
Easier said than done: TikTok spokesperson Brooke Oberwetter, said the bill's backers have admitted that there is “no feasible plan" for putting the TikTok ban in place.
What’s next? TikTok is expected to challenge Montana's ban in federal court, setting up a legal battle that could reach the Supreme Court. “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,” Oberwetter said.
Our take: TikTok and its users and advertisers are facing unprecedented government pushback. Statewide bans on TikTok could gain momentum in the US, even if the mechanics of banning individual apps in specific locations are extremely complex.
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