TikTok Is Suing the Trump Administration

TikTok Is Suing the Trump Administration

by Fred Sahai

Yesterday, TikTok officially filed a lawsuit against the US government as a response to Trump's intention of banning the app. TikTok has long been the subject of scrutiny over concerns about the excessive use of its data by ByteDance, the app's Chinese parent company.

In early August, Trump signed an executive order which would ban TikTok in the US, under the International Emergency Economic Powers Ac, which is set to take effect September 15. Internet behemoths, like Microsoft, are already reportedly in talks to buy TikTok from ByteDance, but TikTok's US fate is still to be determined.

The ACLU spoke out about the ban, taking to Twitter to express that "banning an app like TikTok, which millions of Americans use to communicate with each other, is a danger to free expression and technologically impractical."

Much like the ACLU, in a video posted to the app's Twitter account, TikTok's US General Manager, Vanessa Pappas, expressed that banning TikTok would be monumental, saying: "TikTok is a home for creators and artists to express themselves, their ideas, and connect with people across different backgrounds, and we are so proud of all the various communities that call TikTok their home."

But TikTok isn't going down without a fight. In a blog post published yesterday titled "Why we are suing the Administration," the company states that Trump's ban does not allow them due process, which the Fifth Amendment guarantees, and that its attempts to prove it's not a national security threat have been ignored. TikTok notes that its parent company, though based in China, is private and therefore does not shares its data with the Chinese government.

TikTok writes threat they "do not take suing the government lightly" but feel they "have no choice but to take action to protect [their] rights, and the rights of [their] community and employees." Solidifying their argument, the company goes on to touch on the economic and cultural impacts banning TikTok would have on the US, writing that the ban would be "eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic."

The White House declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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