TikTok is officially suing the Trump administration over threats to block its apps
TikTok is officially suing the Trump administration over threats to block its apps

TikTok filed a lawsuit against US President Donald Trump on Monday, forcing him to use a popular short video sharing app to block transactions in the US. It was a pretext to encourage anti-Chinese speeches during his reelection campaign.

TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have rejected the White House's position on the app, arguing that it poses a threat to national security, as they "have taken unconventional measures to protect the privacy and security of user data." From TikTok in the United States. "

The two companies said in Trump's Executive Order on August 6 that blocking TikTok was a way to continue their "widespread campaign of anti-China rhetoric" ahead of the US presidential election on November 3. I am looking for a second term.

"We will not take lightly with the government to sue the government," Tik Tok said in a blog. But because the executive order threatens to ban our activities in the United States ... we have no other choice.

The company and ByteDance are seeking a permanent court order to prevent Trump from enforcing the August 6 order. The names of the defendants in the lawsuit in Los Angeles: Trump and Commerce Secretary (Wilbur Rose).

Amid growing mistrust between Washington and Beijing, Trump has been complaining for several weeks that TikTok is threatening national security because it may share user information with the Chinese government. On August 6, I issued an executive order blocking transactions with the app after 45 days.

Trump issued a separate executive order on August 14 giving ByteDance 90 days to process TikTok activities in the US and any data the company has collected in the US. Reuters reported last week that TikTok was preparing for legal challenges.

ByteDance acquired Shanghai-based video app Musical.ly for $ 1 billion in 2017 and relaunched it as TikTok the following year.

The company said: The Trump administration violated its constitutional right to a fair trial and banned the company without warning. She accused Trump of misusing the International Economic Emergency Powers Act, which allows the president to oversee international trade during a national emergency.

In May 2019, Trump used this bill to end the efforts of so-called foreign telecom companies to conduct economic and industrial espionage against the United States.

The Trump administration has said Americans should use Tik Tok with caution. According to the Chinese law proposed by President (Xi Jinping) in 2017, Chinese companies should provide support and cooperation in the work of national intelligence in China.

But the company said Trump's August 6 decision was not based on real national security considerations, and was not backed by the declaration of a state of emergency a year ago. She described the move as "a serious seizure of the authority of the International Economic Emergency Law and an excuse to support the president's broad campaign against China's speech on the eve of the US elections."

ByteDance is currently negotiating the sale of the company's North America, Australia and New Zealand operations to companies such as Microsoft and Oracle. People familiar with the matter said: The value of these assets could range from $ 25 billion to $ 30 billion.

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