TikTok has sued the Trump administration in response to the president’s executive order banning transactions between U.S. citizens and the app’s Beijing-based parent company ByteDance. The company claims that the executive order ignores due process. In a press release on its website, TikTok wrote:
The Executive Order issued by the Administration on August 6, 2020 has the potential to strip the rights of that community without any evidence to justify such an extreme action, and without any due process. We strongly disagree with the Administration’s position that TikTok is a national security threat and we have articulated these objections previously.
TikTok continued in its complaint:
The executive order seeks to ban TikTok purportedly because of the speculative possibility that the application could be manipulated by the Chinese government. But, as the U.S. government is well aware, Plaintiffs have taken extraordinary measures to protect the privacy and security of TikTok’s U.S. user data, including by having TikTok store such data outside of China (in the United States and Singapore) and by erecting software barriers that help ensure that TikTok stores its U.S. user data separately from the user data of other ByteDance products. These actions were made known to the U.S. government during a recent U.S. national security review of ByteDance’s 2017 acquisition of a China-based company, Musical.ly. As part of that review, Plaintiffs provided voluminous documentation to the U.S. government documenting TikTok's security practices and made commitments that were more than sufficient to address any conceivable U.S. government privacy or national security concerns...
In its press release, TikTok noted that it has over 1,500 employees in the United States and that the company plans to add more than 10,000 jobs in California, Texas, New York, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Washington.
Following his ban on transactions, President Trump ordered ByteDance to divest its U.S. operations of TikTok within 90 days. Trump had previously said the app “can’t be controlled for security reasons by China,” and suggested that he’d approve of Microsoft or another “very American” company buying TikTok.
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