TikTok content creators file a lawsuit against Montana over banning app

The ban is set to take effect next year

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Five Tiktok content creators, on Thursday, jointly filed a lawsuit against the state of Montana seeking to prevent the ban from taking effect. The lawsuit comes a day after the state passed a law banning the content-sharing app.

The law is set to take effect next year as the debate escalates over the impact and security of the popular video app, AFP reported. Lawmakers in Washington have been increasingly calling for the app's ban. 

“The Act attempts to exercise powers over national security that Montana does not have and to ban speech Montana may not suppress,” the suit says.

“Montana can no more ban its residents from viewing or posting to TikTok than it could ban the Wall Street Journal because of who owns it or the ideas it publishes,” it also states.

The lawsuit has been filed by Samantha Alario, Heather DiRocco, Alice Held, Carly Ann Goddard and Dale Scout. It states Austin Knudsen, Montana Attorney General, as the defendant. 

When signing the ban into law on Wednesday, Gov. Greg Gianforte said he did so, “to protect Montanans’ personal and private data from the Chinese Communist Party.” 


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