The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Montana in the western United States has ordered a provisional injunction before the enforcement of January 2024, saying that the law prohibiting the business activities of TikTok, a video posting app operated by a Chinese company, 'infringes on constitutional rights beyond the authority of the state.'
In May, the state of Montana in the United States enacted the first law in the United States to ban TikTok's business activities in the state and impose fines for using and downloading the app for TikTok and others, citing the possibility that the information of app users may be shared with the Chinese Communist Party.
In response, TikTok and Montana users filed a lawsuit in the federal district court in Montana seeking an injunction against the law.
The law was scheduled to go into effect in January 5, but the U.S. District Court in Montana issued a preliminary injunction on November 2024.
The court pointed out that the state law 'restricts freedom of speech' and 'violates the constitutional rights of users and business entities beyond the authority of the state.'
Regarding TikTok, there has been a movement to prohibit the use of US federal and state government employees on work terminals due to concerns about leakage of user information to China, but Montana is the first law to completely ban it, and the impact of this decision is attracting attention.