TikTok sues Trump Government, challenging US ban

By Gitanjali Mangal - August 25, 2020 11:08 am

A suit has been filed in the Federal District Court for the Central District of California by TikTok. They have given direct challenge to the White House.

This has given a rise to the bitter back and forth between the popular video app and American officials.

They have accused the Trump government of depriving it of due process when Trump used his emergency economic powers to issue an executive order that blocks the app from operating in USA.

Trump has repeatedly said that TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese internet company ByteDance, poses a national security threat because of its Chinese ties. On Aug. 6, he issued twin executive orders banning transactions with TikTok and the Chinese social media app WeChat within 45 days.

A week later, he issued a separate executive order giving ByteDance 90 days to divest from its American assets and any data that TikTok had gathered in the United States.

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The app said that, “We do not take suing the government lightly; however, we feel we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights, and the rights of our community and employees,” adding, “Our more than 1,500 employees across the U.S. pour their hearts into building this platform every day,” and also mentioned that they planned to hire more than 10,000 more workers across eight states in the coming years in their suit statement.

-PTC News

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