TikTok Confirms It Will Take Legal Actions Against Trump Administration
TikTok has announced that it will sue the Trump Administration in the light of the executive order asking the company to divest its operations in the US. Rumours had been reported before the confirmation that a lawsuit was imminent.
The company says that President Trump’s executive order deprives the company of due process. The US President signed an executive order on 6th August 2020 blocking all transactions with ByteDance. And he said the order was in an effort to “address the national emergency with respect to the information and communication technology supply chain”.
“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. 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 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 spokesman Josh Gartner said in a statement.
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“There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump had written in the executive order.
Meanwhile, TikTok continues to deny the allegations. However, the Trump administration is not backing down. Microsoft and Twitter are two companies with interests in acquiring TikTok’s American operations but nothing is formal yet.
The company might be a victim of its own success,as it has gotten over 2 billion downloads overall. The COVID-19 pandemic was also good for its growth as it hit 315 million downloads in 2020’s first quarter.
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