TikTok asks US judge to block Montana ban before Jan. 1 effective date

TikTok Inc on Wednesday asked a US judge to block enforcement of Montana state's ban on use of the Chinese-owned app before it takes effect on Jan. 1.

TikTok, which is owned by China's ByteDance and filed suit in May, asked US District Judge Donald W. Molloy to issue a preliminary injunction to block the first-of-its-kind US state ban on several grounds, arguing it violates the First Amendment free speech rights of the company and users.