Montana bans Telegram, WeChat, and Temu from authorities gadgets

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On Wednesday, Montana governor Greg Gianforte didn’t solely ban TikTok state-wide. He additionally accused Telegram, WeChat, and the procuring app Temu of being “tied to international adversaries” and directed that they and related apps be banned from authorities gadgets and all state enterprise. Gianforte additionally cited TikTok proprietor ByteDance’s CapCut video editor and Lemon8 as examples of offending apps.

With this ban, Gianforte largely appears to be focusing on apps with ties to China, on condition that ByteDance, Temu proprietor Pinduoduo, and WeChat proprietor Tencent are all primarily based within the nation. Telegram is the exception: it was based in Russia however is presently headquartered in Dubai. Gianforte’s letter claims that the Russian authorities makes use of the app to “monitor customers and…

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