Washington, Nov 30 (EFECOM).- A federal judge in the United States this Thursday blocked the ban on the social network TikTok approved last May in the state of Montana, which was scheduled to come into effect on January 1.
At least 30 states in the country, in addition to the federal government, already prohibit the use of the Chinese application on official devices, citing their fears that the company that owns the social network, ByteDance, will share user data with authorities in Beijing.
However, Montana’s rule went much further, as it would have banned any use of the app statewide. TikTok and several content creators sued authorities shortly after the law was passed.
In his decision this Thursday, which can still be reversed in a trial that has not yet been scheduled, Judge Donald Molloy said that the ban responds more to an attempt to control China’s role in the social network than to protect the citizens of the state, according to The Washington Post.
In May, Montana became the first state in the country to reach the point of completely banning TikTok, although other territories governed by Republicans are also considering similar measures.
TikTok has about 100 million users in the United States and has quickly become one of the most popular social networks in the world, especially among teenagers.
In March, the US government threatened ByteDance with banning the application nationwide if it did not put its shares in the popular social network up for sale.
However, according to the NPR radio network, several US officials recently resumed negotiations with the company to try to keep TikTok in operation.EFECOM