On Monday, TikTok sued the President of the United States, Donald Trump, for his recently signed executive order banning any transaction in the U.S. with TikTok. President Trump called it a pretext to fuel anti-China eloquence as he expects to be reelected in November 2020.
On this, TikTok, along with its parent company ByteDance Ltd. had rejected the statements released by the White House, which stated using an app like TikTok, can be a matter of national security. TikTok said that they had taken “extraordinary measures to protect the privacy and security of TikTok’s U.S. user data.” Source: Times of India.
In a blog post, TikTok called Trump’s order a systemic approach towards the upcoming elections. It stated- “We do not take suing the government lightly,” Source: Times of India.
It continued and read- “But with the Executive Order threatening to bring a ban on our U.S. operations … we simply have no choice.” Source: Times of India.
To this, the White House referred to the United States Department of Justice, for an instant reaction, but the authority did not give any immediate response on the matter.
TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have been seeking a permanent solution to block the Trump administration from enforcing its executive order released on August 6.
As per the lawsuit filed by the giant Chinese company, TikTok in the Los Angeles Federal Court, the United States Department of Commerce, President Donald Trump, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have been mentioned as defenders.
TikTok said if Trump and his supporters have had any national security concerns, they would have declared it a year ago. It called the released order “a gross misappropriation of IEEPA authority and a pretext for furthering the President’s broader campaign of anti-China rhetoric in the run-up to the U.S. election.” Source: Times of India.
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