The people of this US state decided to ban TikTok. What will happen to the Chinese app in America under Biden?
Amid a flurry of criticism from US officials over the short-video sharing app TikTok, a US state has voted to ban the Chinese-owned social media app, claiming threats to security.
CBS says that on Friday, Montana became the first state to pass a law that makes it illegal for TikTok to work in the state.
However, the report added, the move is bound to face court challenges but also serve as a testing ground for the TikTok-free America that many national lawmakers have envisioned.
The Montana House voted 54-43 to send the bill to Republican Governor Greg Gianforte for his signature.
“The governor will carefully consider any bill the legislature sends to his desk,” said a statement from the governor’s office.
The governor has already banned the app on government computers in Montana.
Meanwhile, TikTok said in a statement said: “We will continue to fight for TikTok users and creators in Montana whose livelihoods and First Amendment rights are threatened by this egregious government overreach.”
TikTok, which is owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, is facing growing calls from some US lawmakers to ban the app nationally over concerns about potential Chinese government influence over the platform.
Last month, a congressional committee asked TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew if the Chinese government could access user data or change what Americans see on the app.
TikTok has denied many times that it has ever given data to the Chinese government and said that if asked, it would not do so.
The company is working on a project called “Project Texas,” which will create a separate entity to keep data from American users on servers run by another US tech company, Oracle, in the US.