TikTok has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking to overturn the ban in Montana

TikTok sues to lift Montana ban

BusinessDialogue has learned that according to foreign media reports, on May 22, TikTok filed a lawsuit against the ban in Montana to the United States federal court, attempting to overturn its first state ban in the United States. The state signed a new bill on May 17, which will completely ban TikTok in January 2024.

TikTok pointed out that Montana’s ban violates the First Amendment and is based on “unfounded speculation” that the Chinese government may access user data. On May 19, five TikTok users in Montana also filed a lawsuit with the United States federal court, seeking to block the ban.

As rumors about “TikTok providing data to the Chinese government” intensify in the United States and other regions, TikTok faces greater risks of being banned. Montana’s ban is its first state ban in the United States. If it is passed, more states may follow suit, which is why TikTok quickly filed a lawsuit.

However, regardless of the outcome, this may still not be able to save TikTok’s situation in the United States. According to TheInformation’s report on Monday, TikTok has said that it has spent billions of dollars working with Oracle to establish a new independent data center in the United States, but Oracle and TikTok are not completely in agreement on the progress of the plan.

BusinessDialogue understands that on May 22, according to Bloomberg’s report, TikTok announced that it will “soon” grant Oracle full access to its source code, algorithm, and content review materials as part of efforts to ease US national security concerns.

Oracle will also begin monitoring the controlled gateway, which is used to transmit TikTok’s US user data in a secure environment it has set up. This is part of TikTok’s “Texas Project,” which aims to isolate US user data and allow partners such as Oracle to conduct security risk assessments on its technology.

TikTok stated that “many important components of the Texas plan have already begun to operate, and we will continue to launch more parts of the plan in the coming weeks and months.” Oracle has begun inspecting parts of TikTok’s source code in the so-called dedicated transparency center, which went online in January.

However, Oracle did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The Information reported on Monday that Oracle employees currently have limited access to TikTok’s source code and do not have the authority to fully review its software, algorithms, or content management methods.

Regardless, the Montana ban will not take effect for another six months, during which time there may be more variables, and TikTok’s future development in the United States remains unknown.

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