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TikTok Sues State of Montana

Avery Schmitz
Thursday, May 25, 2023, 5:30 PM
After Montana’s governor codified a law banning the social media platform, TikTok is claiming that the bill was unconstitutional.

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On May 22, TikTok filed a lawsuit against the state of Montana, after Governor Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) signed a bill that will enforce a ban on the platform beginning Jan. 1, 2024. The company alleges that the new law unconstitutionally shuts “down the forum for speech” by restricting social media users from accessing its content. If upheld, the law would penalize TikTok for operating in the state and fine any app store that allows residents to download the social media platform on their devices.

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Avery Schmitz is a freelance researcher, covering violent extremism along the U.S.-Mexico border. In May of 2023, he graduated from the George Washington University with a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies. He was previously an intern at Lawfare.

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