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TikTok sues Montana over controversial state ban

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Illustration by Nick Barclay / The Verge

On Monday, TikTok sued Montana over a new law that would ban the app statewide next year.

The lawsuit comes less than a week after Montana Governor Greg Gianforte signed SB 419, the first state bill to ban the popular video app. The law, set to go into effect January 2024, would prohibit TikTok from operating “within the territorial jurisdiction of Montana” and would force mobile app stores to make the app unavailable for download within the state.

“We are challenging Montana’s unconstitutional TikTok ban to protect our business and the hundreds of thousands of TikTok users in Montana,” Brooke Oberwetter, TikTok spokesperson, said in a statement Monday. “We believe our legal challenge will prevail based on an exceedingly strong set of…

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