Located in the Mountain region of Western United States, Montana shares its borders with Idaho to the west, North Dakota and South Dakota to the east, Wyoming to the south, and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan to the north.
According to NPR, Montana is the first state in the U.S. to approve a bill that would ban TikTok over concerns that the Chinese government could obtain Americans’ data from the popular video-streaming app. The Montana House of Representatives passed the bill last week, and it now awaits the signature of Governor Greg Gianforte to become law.
The measure prohibits downloading TikTok in the state, with penalties of up to $10,000 per day for any entity, including Apple and Google’s app stores or TikTok itself, that makes the app available. However, the ban will not come into effect until January 2024.
The ban on TikTok in Montana comes as the Biden administration negotiates with the company about its future in the U.S. Despite these valid concerns, there is currently no publicly available evidence to suggest that Chinese officials have attempted to access TikTok’s data.