By Elinor Smith
UM Legislative News Service, UM School of Journalism 

TikTok ban passes legislature


April 21, 2023

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Montana is closing in on becoming the first state in the nation to ban the social media platform TikTok. The House of Representatives passed a bill 54-43 last week that would penalize app stores for providing anyone within Montana's borders access to TikTok. The Senate passed the bill on a 30-to-20 vote last month.

The bill would carry fines of $10,000 per person able to access the app, compounded daily. The bill would not fine Montanans who access the app, just the app store they used to download it.

Sen. Shelley Vance, R-Belgrade, is the sponsor of Senate Bill 419, but Republican Rep. B...

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