TikTok challenges Trump with a lawsuit

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TikTok said it plans to file a lawsuit on Monday against US President Donald Trump’s executive order that banned the popular short video app and its parent company ByteDance.

Reuters reported exclusively on Friday that TikTok would challenge Trump’s executive order on Monday.

The application indicated that it had tried to communicate with the US administration for nearly a year; But he faced “a lack of due process failure,” adding that the government did not pay attention to the facts.

“We have no choice but to appeal the executive order through the judicial system,” the company said in a statement.

TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, issued a separate statement on Sunday saying it would file a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Monday, August 24.

Trump issued an executive order on August 14 granting ByteDance 90 days to sell its Tik Tok investment in the United States.

And US officials had expressed their concerns about the possibility of passing information on application users to the Chinese government.

What decree?
On August 6, Trump signed an executive decree giving Americans 45 days to stop doing business with the Chinese company, ByteDance, that owns the TikTok app.

This is the decree that the company intends to appeal to the courts.

The short videos posted on TikTok contain everything from dance routines and hair-dyeing lessons to jokes about everyday life and politics, and has been downloaded 175 million times in the United States and more than a billion times around the world.

Trump accuses the application “TikTok” of allowing China to track down federal employees, prepare files for people for the purpose of extortion, and spy on companies.

The app has repeatedly denied accusations against it that it poses a threat to national security, and Beijing has described Trump’s pursuit as political exploitation.

Earlier this week, the Chinese company announced that the “TikTok” app had never provided the Chinese government with any American user data.

These US measures come before the November 3 elections, as Trump, who is ahead of his rival, Joe Biden, in opinion polls; With a vigorous campaign to show that he is anti-Beijing.

Among the US companies most likely to acquire TikTok, Microsoft and Oracle.

Media reported that Oracle, whose president Larry Ellison raised millions for Trump’s election campaign, is considering a bid to acquire TikTok operations in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Analysts said to Agence France-Presse earlier that “the measures are far from the American ideals that have been promoted for a long time regarding an open global Internet.”

Milton Muller, a professor of technology in Georgia and founder of the “Internet Governance Project”, said earlier that this step is “an attempt to dismantle the Internet and the global information society along American and Chinese lines, and to distance China from the information economy.”

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