Montana could become the first US state to bring in a total ban on TikTok after the proposal passed a key hurdle in its legislature on Thursday.
If enacted, the proposed law would be unprecedented and test the legal waters for a national ban of the popular Chinese-owned app, a move that is increasingly being called for in Washington.
Montana’s Republican-dominated lower house overwhelmingly voted for a complete ban, with a final vote set for Friday before it goes to the state’s governor to become law.
It passed by 60 votes for and 39 against. TikTok said US courts would likely have the final word.
It comes after Congress, the Army, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard all ordered officials to remove the app from their phones. Two dozen states have also banned the app on government-issued devices…