In May 2023, Montana became the first US state to ban the use of TikTok on private devices.
This ban was to be applied from January 1, 2024, against which Tik Tok had approached the court.
Now the court has stopped Montana from banning TikTok.
On Nov. 30, District Judge Donald Molloy ruled during the trial that such a ban violated consumers’ right to free speech.
The judge said that the state overstepped its authority and enacted the law, which violated the constitutional rights of consumers.
It should be noted that several US states have banned the use of Tik Tok in official devices and it is considered a threat to national security.
In this context, this decision is a big victory for Tik Tok.
With Montana challenging the ban in court, TikTok argued that the ban on the app violated the right to free speech, with the state taking unusual steps on speculation.
In its ruling, the court said that while protecting Montana consumers may be in the public interest, the state could not prove that the company threatened people’s privacy.
Earlier, during a hearing in October, the judge questioned why no other state followed Montana’s lead and banned TikTok.
It should be noted that a bill to ban TikTok on citizens’ devices was approved by Montana lawmakers in April 2023.
The law made it illegal for app stores to stock TikTok, but the ban did not apply to people who were already using the video-sharing app.