TikTok Confirms to File Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

August 23, 2020 8:32 am

BEIJING (PingWest) — Short video app TikTok confirmed that it plans to file a lawsuit against Trump administration as early as next week over the August 6 executive order President Trump signed to ban ByteDance owned TikTok from operating in the U.S. from September 20.

Under the August 6 executive order, any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. or its subsidiaries, will be prohibited in 45 days. The commerce secretary will "identify the transactions subject" to the ban in 45 days when the executive order goes into effect. 

“Even though we strongly disagree with the Administration’s concerns, for nearly a year we have sought to engage in good faith to provide a constructive solution,” a TikTok spokesperson told several media outlets Saturday. “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.”

“To ensure that the rule of law prevails and that our company and users are treated fairly, we have no choice but to challenge the Executive Order through the judicial system,” the spokesperson said.

The video-sharing saw its downloads hit 2 billion globally in April amid the Covid-19 pandemic.