Recently Montana Governor Greg Gianforte passed the bill to ban TikTok in the state. This event has drawn the attention of domestic and international TikTok users.
Governor’s Decision Explained
Due to “technical and legal concerns” mentioned in the bill governor signed the bill and made it a law. He also indicated that it will soon come to other social media platforms.
Governor’s motivation behind TikTok ban is unclear, but we can see he is taking control of the social media platform used in the state.
Details of the TikTok Ban
According to the bull, Android and iOS app stores cannot offer TikTok to download in Montana under SB 419.
The bill will be effective from January 2024. This ban will impact a lot on data security and privacy. It is mentioned in the bill that tech giants like Apple and Google may face fines as a recursive activity of violating the bill.
Implications and Reactions
There are mixed reactions to the TikTok ban in Montana. Some people consider it a necessary step for data security; others consider it an infringement on free speech.
TikTok’s Reaction to the Ban
TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, response to the ban needs to be clarified. However, the company already faces various problems in many other countries. And now, they are facing the same issues across the United States. Therefore, this situation’s outcome is causing many future challenges for TikTok.
Impact of TikTok Ban on Other Social Media Platforms
Governor Greg’s action to ban TikTok is causing the same situation in other states and countries. The first state in the USA to pass such a bill is the start of a new wave. As a result, it can also cause national and data security challenges for other platforms.
Moreover, enforcing such laws regarding social media usage can also result in legal suits between the affected companies and the state. It might be essential in reshaping the digital landscape if it goes to legal battles.