TikTok says it will file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration over his executive order demanding ByteDance — TikTok’s Beijing-based parent company — sell or spin off its U.S. operations within 90 days.
“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,” TikTok spokesperson Josh Gartner said in a statement to TheWrap 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.”
The statement continued: “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.”
On Aug. 14, Trump issued an executive order telling ByteDance to sell the popular video app’s U.S. operations within 90 days, saying there is “credible evidence” TikTok “might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States.”
That executive order came a week after he signed a different executive order, effectively banning the app from being used in the U.S. by mid-September. The second order bought ByteDance a bit more time to work out a deal to divest its U.S. operations.
Trump said in his Aug. 14 order that ByteDance must submit a weekly report to The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on its divestment efforts. He also said Bytedance, in order to complete its sale, must show it has “destroyed all data” tied to American users.
Along these lines, President Trump has said the app will be jettisoned from the U.S. on Sept. 15, barring a sale to a U.S. firm, due to national security concerns.
One Reddit user recently reverse-engineered TikTok to show what the app collects from its users — highlighting information Bytedance could be compelled to share with China’s government, based on the country’s laws. The app collects a wide range of information from users, according to the independent review, including IP and MAC addresses, GPS location, and other apps that are installed on a user’s phone, among other data points.
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