Montana became the first US state to completely ban the downloading of the social media app, TikTok, for all its citizens, Fox News reports.
The government had previously banned TikTok from being downloaded on government phones over concerns that its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, is closely connected to the Chinese Communist Party.
Fox News explains the reason behind the ban:
“Some lawmakers, the FBI and officials at other agencies are concerned the video-sharing app, owned by the Chinese tech company ByteDance, could be used to allow the Chinese government to access information on American citizens or push pro-Beijing misinformation that could influence the public. TikTok says none of this has ever happened.“
The new law would fine any business and/or TikTok $10,000 each day that they allow people in the state to download the app. Users themselves would not be penalized for downloading the app.
TikTok says it plans to challenge the legislation in court.
Fox News adds that over half of the US states have banned the app on government-owned phones.
READ: Montana becomes first state to ban TikTok; law likely to be challenged
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