Montana Governor Greg Gianfortesigned historic legislation on Wednesday, effectively banning the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok from operating within the state. The move aims to protect residents from alleged intelligence gathering by China, making Montana the first state in the United States to take such action against the popular short video app.
Under the new law, it will be illegal for Google and Apple’s app stores to offer TikTok within Montana’s borders. However, no penalties will be imposed on individuals who continue to use the app. The ban is set to take effect on January 1, 2024, but it is expected to face legal challenges in the coming months.