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TikTok Sues The Trump Administration


TikTok on August 24 officially filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration to the US federal court because of the executive decree of President Donald Trump aimed at this application.

In the lawsuit, TikTok stated:  

“We do not take the lawsuit against the US government lightly, but we feel we have no choice but to act to protect our interests, as well as the interests of the public, contract and staff.”

In a blog post titled " Why are we suing the government",  TikTok said President Trump's "heavily politicized"  executive order has  "the ability to deprive the community of the community without any license evidence and based on any appropriate procedures ”.

The lawsuit was filed by TikTok with the California Regional Federal Court amid escalating tensions between company ByteDance, the owner of the popular Chinese video app, and US officials. President Trump has repeatedly said TikTok and ByteDance's company are threatening US national security.

On August 6, President Trump signed an executive order banning trading of the TikTok app, effective after 45 days. A week later, he continued to sign a separate executive order for ByteDance 90 days to divest from TikTok's US operations, as well as delete any data that TikTok had gathered there.

However, TikTok said the Trump decree was "not based on a national emergency, banning activities that have not been found to pose an unusual threat".

Recently, the deterioration of relations between the US and China revolves around epidemic COVID-19, technology and trade. Trump's first decree aimed at TikTok, based on the International Emergency Economic Power Act, gives the US President the authority to manage economic transactions in critical situations.

US public officials feared that the Chinese government might force ByteDance to submit valuable user information from the US through Tik Tok.

In 2017, China enacted a "National Intelligence Law", which stipulates that "any organization or citizen must support and cooperate with state intelligence".

The move was made by the Trump administration as Washington stepped up its efforts to purge "untrusted" Chinese applications from US digital networks, including calling the short video app TikTok and the application. The country's WeChat messaging app is "a significant threat".

On August 7, China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Uong Van Ban said:

"America has always argued for national security and often used its national power to unfairly suppress companies that are not of America. This is a hegemonic behavior and China is firmly against it."

Mr. Uong Van Ban affirmed that Beijing will protect all legitimate rights and interests of Chinese businesses and that the US side will suffer all consequences from their actions. However, he did not provide further details.


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