What you need to know
- TikTok today sued the U.S. government over its incoming ban.
- The company argued that the executive order was carried out without due process.
- It also said that the national security concerns cited as the reason for the ban were unfounded and not backed up by evidence.
TikTok today filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over its executive order that stipulates the company must either be sold or banned.
In a press release announcing the suit, TikTok said:
TikTok argues that the U.S. national security complaints are without merit, noting that it has "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." The company also alleges that the U.S. government has not made any serious effort to engage with the evidence it has presented showing all these safeguards.
Bringing up its dealings with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States which led to the body stating that it had "identified national security risks arising from the Transaction and that it has not identified mitigation measures that would address those risks," TikTok counters that despite "repeated efforts and concrete proposals to alleviate any national security concerns, the agency record reflects that CFIUS repeatedly refused to engage with ByteDance and its counsel about CFIUS's concerns."
As for the executive order itself, TikTok argues that it was rushed out without due process and denied the company the ability to defend itself from the charges laid out against it.
The company also notes that it is run by Americans based geographically in America, and thus is subject to U.S. and not Chinese law. It says it has done this as a way to "demonstrate its commitment to serving the U.S. market."
The blog post continues:
U.S. tech companies including Microsoft, Twitter, and Oracle have been thought to be suitors for the company, but the lawsuit makes it clear that TikTok intends to stand and fight. TikTok employees will also be filing a lawsuit against the administration, arguing that the executive order also falls short of due process.
Tiktok will probably win each round in the court but Trump will continue to pressure them via twitter. They will have to sell at some point. I guess that old Republican rule about not interfering with businesses or over regulating went out the window with the mistress payoffs, the Mexican-paid wall, and the magic virus cures.
Tiktok has been caught spying and stealing, why support them tho?
Because they weren't even proven that they spied in the States. They've been banned without due process. US variant of tik tok servers are located in Singapore, away from China's grasp.
They should just hang in there. Trump won't be at the helm much longer anyway
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