In the latest report by NPR, the social media app TikTok is planning to sue and file a lawsuit against the US administration over the executive order passed on Thursday. The executive order bans TikTok from operating in the US if they could not sell their US operations.
Moreover, TikTok will reportedly argue that the president’s ban is unconstitutional. Because TikTok was not given enough time to argue their case. Apparently, the lawsuit can be filed as early as Tuesday. Besides, it will demand justification for the ban.
The social media giant accuses Trump administration’s national security justification as baseless. Moreover, they affirm that these reasons are solely based on un-confirmed and speculated sources.
TikTok has expressed its shock over the US administration executive order
We have reported earlier that TikTok was in shock after the Trump government, issued an executive order to ban the operations of TikTok in the US.
TikTok has time till September 15 to close in a deal to sell off its US operations. If they fail to strike a deal before the said date, then a $300,000 fine will be imposed on willful offenders doing business with TikTok.
In the official blog post, TikTok said that they have given sufficient proof that the company does not and will not share its data with the Chinese government.
Matter of fact, it accused the US government of negligence towards its justification. Furthermore, TikTok claims that they are being put under rigorous scrutiny as compared to its peer companies.
As per the new report, TikTok will file a lawsuit because they believe that their voice is not heard. In order to have an unbiased trial on this matter, the company will take all necessary remedies available to them.
TikTok already in talks with Microsoft and Twitter for selling its US operations
Microsoft was currently the front runner in grabbing the global operations of TikTok. Besides, reports came in that the company is almost on the verge of signing on the dotted line.
But a new rumor suggests that Twitter is also eyeing to close a deal with TikTok for its US operations. While Microsoft is eyeing for acquiring global operations, Twitter seems to have a good case as they are reportedly eyeing only for the US operations.
Meanwhile, TikTok has to close in on a deal before September 15. After which its operation in the US will be banned. This is the reason why TikTok is planning a legal lawsuit against the US administration ban.
As it would be pretty drastic for TikTok’s operation in the US. For the unaware, TikTok is the most downloaded app in the US, second only to India. Notably, India has already imposed a ban on TikTok and other 59 Chinese apps citing security reasons.