TikTok sues Montana over ban, alleging First Amendment violation – Axios
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TikTok filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Montana's new statewide ban of the popular social media platform.
Why it matters: The suit, which names Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen as the defendant, alleges that the ban of the Chinese-owned app over security concerns would violate the First Amendment and other laws.
Driving the news: The latest suit seeks to prevent the state from "unlawfully" banning the platform, which "empowers hundreds of thousands of users in Montana to communicate and express themselves."
The other side: Knudsen vowed last week to defend any legal challenges.
Catch up quick: The law, due to take effect Jan. 1, would bar downloads of TikTok in Montana.
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