While Montana is the first state to prohibit the general public from using the app, targeted bans focusing on government devices and networks cascaded across the country late last year. The US government and 38 states have issued such bans and President Joe Biden’s administration is in negotiations with TikTok to resolve national security concerns. The European Union, the U.K., Canada, and a handful of other countries have more recently imposed similar restrictions.
The company said it’s a “reality of modern communication” that some users aim to share inappropriate and harmful content, but TikTok said it has touted features, policies and procedures to protect minors.
The alleged harms social media platforms such as TikTok pose to young users, including addiction, are targeted in a separate batch of scores of lawsuits pending in federal court in Oakland, California.
Montana “cites nothing” to support its claims that the People’s Republic of China could access data about TikTok users, according to Monday’s complaint. The speculation “ignores the reality that plaintiff has not shared, and would not share, U.S. user data” and has taken “substantial measures to protect the privacy and security of TikTok users,” TikTok argued.