Montana governor asks to amend bill banning TikTok, expand scope
According to the draft, the revised rules would expand the ban not just to specifically target TikTok, which is owned by China's ByteDance, but also to other social media apps that provide certain data to foreign adversaries.
A bill in Montana that would be the first in the U.S. to ban TikTok outright comes as the state’s governor is asking state lawmakers to revise it, according to a revised draft seen by The Wall Street Journal.
According to the draft, the revised rules would expand the ban not just specifically to TikTok, which is owned by China’s Bytedance Ltd., but also to cover other social media apps that provide certain data to foreign adversaries .
Earlier this month, Montana lawmakers approved the aforementioned bill, which would ban TikTok on all devices in Montana. The bill now goes to Governor Greg Gianforte for his signature, and Gianforte can take action including vetoing the bill or signing it into law, or taking no action. If he does not act, the bill will automatically become law in 10 days.
In its current form, the bill is expected to face legal challenges on several fronts, including First Amendment rights, laws governing U.S. interstate commerce and disenfranchisement laws that prohibit the U.S. government from doing business in the future. An entity is declared guilty of a crime following a trial proceeding.