Attorneys General of 18 US states said on the 18th that they supportMontanaBan Chinese short video appsTIC Toctook action and urged US judges to dismiss relevant legal challenges before the ban takes effect on New Year’s Day next year.
Reuters reported that several state attorneys general, led by the Virginia Attorney General, said the lawsuit filed by TikTok and its users should be dismissed “because TikTok knowingly engaged in deceptive business practices and forced individuals to share sensitive personal information.” ” The Chinese Communist Party can easily obtain this personal information, and TikTok’s platform is harmful to Montana children.”
These state attorneys general in Georgia,alaskaAttorneys General of Utah, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky, and South Dakota.
TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, filed a lawsuit in May to prevent Montana from becoming the first state in the United States to ban TikTok, claiming that the ban The US Violated the protection of the First Amendment. Constitution gives freedom of speech to businesses and users.
These state attorneys general said that due to concerns that TikTok could be influenced by the Chinese government, more and more lawmakers are seeking to ban TikTok across the United States. Lawmakers previously pushed for a bill to give President Joe Biden’s administration more power to ban or crack down on TikTok, but legislative progress has stalled.
Republican Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen said last month that the state Legislature and governor “have done the right thing and will not allow TikTok to operate in Montana as long as it is under the control of a foreign competitor.”
In March this year, several lawmakers accused TikTok of providing harmful content and causing “emotional distress” to young users.
TikTok said they “have never and will not share US user information with the Chinese government, and have taken adequate measures to protect the privacy and security of TikTok users.”
Montana could fine TikTok up to $10,000 per violation, but the new law does not fine individual TikTok users.
More than 150 million Americans currently use TikTok. TikTok estimates there are 380,000 users in Montana, equal to more than a third of the state’s population of 1.1 million.
Former President Trump tried to ban new users from downloading TikTok in 2020, but a series of court decisions blocked the ban and it did not go into effect.