Several social media influencers filed a lawsuit against the state of Montana asserting that a recent TikTok ban constitutes a violation of the First Amendment.
Lawmakers in Montana passed a statute which prohibits app stores from making TikTok available for download in the state, a move which occurs as federal authorities contend that the platform, which is owned by Chinese technology firm ByteDance, may grant members of the Chinese Communist Party access to users’ data in the United States.
The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on Wednesday by the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine, said that the state is improperly discriminating against some forms of speech shared through the platform and lacks the ability to enforce laws related to national security.
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“Montana has no authority to
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