On Monday, TikTok sued Montana over a new law that would ban the app statewide next year, and a group of TikTok creators filed their own lawsuit last week.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, argues that the new law is unconstitutional and violates TikTok’s First Amendment rights. The company also argues that the law is based on “misinformation” about TikTok’s data security practices.
The law, which was signed by Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte on May 17, would take effect on July 1. It would make it a misdemeanor to download, use, or possess the TikTok app in Montana. The law would also allow the state to fine TikTok up to $250,000 per day for each violation.
TikTok has said that it is committed to protecting user data and has never shared user data with the Chinese government. The company has also said that it has taken steps to address concerns about data security, including hiring a third-party auditor to review its practices. The lawsuit is the latest legal challenge facing TikTok. The company has also been sued by the U.S. government, which alleges that TikTok poses a national security risk because of its ties to China.
In the lawsuit, TikTok argues that the new Montana law is “an unconstitutional attempt to censor free speech.” The company also argues that the law is “based on misinformation” about TikTok’s data security practices. TikTok is seeking a preliminary injunction to block the law from taking effect. The company is also seeking damages from the state of Montana.
The lawsuit is likely to be a test case for other states that are considering banning TikTok. The outcome of the lawsuit could have implications for the future of the app and for the First Amendment rights of social media companies.
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