By Eric Dietrich 

Federal judge blocks Montana's first-in-nation TikTok ban

Judge not persuaded by Attorney General Austin Knudsen's claim the ban was about protecting consumers instead of targeting China.


December 8, 2023

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A federal judge issued an order November 30th blocking Montana's first-of-its-kind ban on social media platform TikTok, preventing the ban from taking effect as scheduled on Jan. 1.

The ban, which passed this year's Legislature as Senate Bill 419, would have barred TikTok from making its app available to Montana users. By blocking the ban while a legal challenge moves forward, U.S. District Court Judge Donald Molloy signals that he believes the company and other plaintiffs have a good chance of prevailing once he hears further arguments and decides the ultimate case.

"Despite the state's at...

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