TikTok slams President Trump's Executive Order, threatens legal action

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What you need to know

  • TikTok has slammed an Executive Order which could ban the app in the U.S.
  • It said it was "shocked" and that the order was issued without any due process.
  • It said the order risked undermining the trust of businesses globally in the United States' commitment to the rule of law.

TikTok has issued a statement fervently criticizing a recent Executive Order that could see its App banned in the United States.

In a recent post TikTok stated:

We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.

TikTok said that there has been no due process or adherence to law on the matter and that the text of the order "makes it plain" that there has been a reliance on "unnamed 'reports' with no citations." TikTok reiterated it had never shared user data with the Chinese government or censored content at its request. It also pointed to its Transparency Center, "a level of accountability no peer company has committed too."

TikTok stated:

This Executive Order risks undermining global businesses' trust in the United States' commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of American economic growth. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free expression and open markets. We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly – if not by the Administration, then by the US courts.

Clearly, TikTok is eyeing up all recourse including legal action against President Trump's administration to fight the order. TikTok is, of course, currently in the process of trying to strike an acquisition deal between Microsoft and parent-company ByteDance. The ban will take effect in 45 days.

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  • Oh please! China has a long, long history of not only banning things in their own country but banning things from being used in their country from other countries. Now they're getting a taste of their own medicine and they don't like it. Too bad.
  • And that's really the standard you want the US to live down to? As "good" as China, and no better?
  • Well, it's kind of where liberalism is taking us, so.... In CA, you can lose your utilities just for having a party. I'd like to see crackdowns on riots be as good as China though.
  • Sure, liberalism is to blame for this lol.
  • In CA you can and should loose your freedom for having a party with the potential of spreading a virus that has already mutated once and jebers only knows what the next mutation will bring. Liberals? Conservatives? This virus doesn't give a rats left nutter what crazed party of nuts you identify with.
  • Your comment makes no sense. Banning the things they use to keep a bird's eye view on the world isn't a bad thing unless of course, you want to end up being Chinese someday. We already owe them a s***ton of money from past administration deals for 'loans,' what do you think's going to happen when China calls them all due? smh
  • "TikTok slams President Trump...", that title alone could be the beginning of something interesting...🤓
  • TikTok "slams" President? Really?
    Not only is that headline technically inaccurate, it's clearly sensationalized click bait.
    Interesting to see where your journalistic standards are.
    (I did not read the article out of principle so this is only a critique of the headline)