CBS reports that Montana became the first state to pass a law banning TikTok from operating in the state on Friday.
However, the move will undoubtedly face legal challenges, according to the report, and it will also test the waters for the TikTok-free America that many national lawmakers have envisioned.
The bill was sent to Republican Governor Greg Gianforte for his signature by a 54-43 vote in the Montana House TikTok ban.
In Montana, the app has already been removed from government devices by the governor.
In the meantime, TikTok issued the following statement: We will continue to advocate on behalf of Montana TikTok users and creators whose livelihoods and First Amendment rights are in jeopardy as a result of this appalling government overreach.”
ByteDance, a Chinese tech company, owns TikTok, and some US lawmakers are increasingly calling for the app to be banned nationwide due to concerns about the possibility of Chinese government influence over the platform.
Shou Zi Chew, the CEO of TikTok, was questioned by a congressional committee about whether the Chinese government could access user data or influence what Americans see on the app First state in the US to pass a TikTok ban is Montana..
TikTok has stated that it would not share data with the Chinese government if asked, and the company has repeatedly denied doing so.
The company is working on a project called Project Texas, which creates a separate entity to store user data from the United States on Oracle’s servers in the United States.