Montana Has Already Been Sued Over Its TikTok Ban

This week, Montana’s Gov. Greg Gianforte signed a law banning TikTok on all devices in the state. Five TikTok content creators in the state filed a lawsuit to challenge the law, which takes effect on January 1, 2024. We obtained a copy of the lawsuit for you here. Lawmakers at the federal and state level have been voicing concerns over TikTok citing national security concerns because it is owned by a Chinese company. Chinese companies are required to hand over data to the government for national security purposes and US politicians are concerned that China controlling such a prolific and important algorithm in the US is a threat. The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the following creators: Samantha Alario: Alario is a small business owner who designs and sells sustainable swimwear from her base in Missoula, Montana. She uses TikTok as a platform for business promotion and personal enjoyment, having built a substantial following which has significantly elevated her business. Heather DiRocco: A former sergeant in the US Marine Corps, Ms. DiRocco is a TikTok content creator based in Bozeman, Montana. With over 200,000 followers, she uses the platform to connect with fellow veterans and create diverse content, including comedy, makeup, and mental health. Her popularity on TikTok generates a significant part of her income. Carly Ann Goddard: Living in Custer, Montana, Goddard shares content on TikTok about ranch life, parenting, cooking, and style. This platform has enabled her to connect with other mothers and significantly enhance her…Montana Has Already Been Sued Over Its TikTok Ban