(CTN News) – A federal judge in Montana has agreed to allow the law prohibiting new downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok to take effect in January pending the outcome of a legal challenge filed by the company and five content creators against the law.
As of Friday, the state has filed its response to the plaintiffs’ motion filed in JulyU.S. To prevent the law from being implemented until a court can decide whether it amounts to an unconstitutional violation of free speech rights, District Judge Donald Molloy temporarily halted the law from being implemented.
Attorney General Austin Knudsen had the bill drafted after he realized – along with the FBI and the U.S. of State Antony Blinken – that the app, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, could be used to allow the Chinese government to access information about US citizens, as well as push misinformation that could influence U.S. citizens’ about the Chinese government.
Over half of the U.S. states, including Montana, haveon government-owned devices.
It has already been determined that China is a foreign adversary by the federal government. It is well documented at both the state and federal levels thatTherefore, the Montana law advances the public interest by protecting the public
Montana’s regulation of TikTok would the state from banning a cancer-causing radio “only because that radio also broadcast protected speech,” the brief asserts.
The state asserts that there are othercan use to express themselves and communicate with others. It has been reported that TikTok is the largest social media platform
It has been argued that TikTokminors, as well as not sharing information with China. However, critics have cited China’s 2017 national intelligence law, which requires companies to cooperate for state intelligence purposes.
It is anticipated that Montana’s law would prohibit the download of TikTok in the state, and any “entity” – such as an app store or TikTok – would be fined $10,000 per day for each time someone