TikTok says it was denied due process and will sue Trump over ban
TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, says it ‘strongly disagrees’ with the concerns raised by President Donald Trump
New York — TikTok plans to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Monday to challenge its executive order banning transactions with the video app in the US, the company said.
TikTok said it “strongly disagreed” with the concerns raised by President Donald Trump as he ordered on August 6 to ban the app from the US within 45 days. He subsequently gave it a 90-day deadline to divest its US operations.
“What we encountered instead was a lack of due process as the administration paid no attention to facts and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses,” a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday. “To ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and users are treated fairly, we have no choice but to challenge the executive order through the judicial system.”
TikTok did not say which court it plans to use. The company added that it tried to work out a solution to address the US concerns for almost a year.
Trump made the order under a 1977 law that lets the US president declare a national emergency in response to an “unusual and extraordinary threat”, allowing him to block transactions and seize assets.
TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, has been fielding interest in its operations in the US and a handful of other countries. Microsoft. has publicly confirmed its interest to buy TikTok’s business in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Other companies, including Oracle and Twitter, have also emerged as potential bidders.
Reuters previously reported on TikTok’s plan to file the lawsuit.
Separately, an employee lawsuit against the proposed US ban, independent from the company’s official legal response, is being funded under crowdfunding campaign.
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