TikTok has filed a lawsuit against the government of Montana, claiming that the state’s ban on the short-form video app violates free speech. The ban, which was passed on Wednesday, would prevent TikTok from operating within Montana and prohibit app stores from offering the app for download. TikTok has argued that the ban is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of hundreds of thousands of users in Montana. While other US states and federal agencies have limited or banned access to TikTok on government devices due to concerns over Chinese surveillance, the Montana law goes further by banning the app entirely. The ban is set to take effect on January 1, 2024.