To protect Montanans’ personal and private data from the Chinese Communist Party, I have banned TikTok in Montana.
— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) May 17, 2023
“Governor Gianforte has signed a bill that infringes on the First Amendment rights of the people of Montana by unlawfully banning TikTok, a platform that empowers hundreds of thousands of people across the state. “
“We want to reassure Montanans that they can continue using TikTok to express themselves, earn a living, and find community as we continue working to defend the rights of our users inside and outside of Montana.”
Carl Szabo, NetChoice’s general counsel, said –
“The government may not block our ability to access constitutionally protected speech whether in a newspaper, on a website, or via an app. In implementing this law, Montana ignores the U.S. Constitution, due process, and free speech by denying access to a website and apps their citizens want to use.”
The ACLU also pushed back on the bill, releasing a statement saying that-
“With this ban, Governor Gianforte and the Montana legislature have trampled on the free speech of hundreds of thousands of Montanans who use the app to express themselves, gather information, and run their small business in the name of anti-Chinese sentiment.”