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TikTok Formally Sues the U.S. Government

TikTok, a short video App, announced in the evening of August 24 that it had formally filed a lawsuit to sue the U.S. President Donald Trump and the U.S. government over his previous executive order.

UTC-5 on August 6, Trump signed an executive order, banning individuals and enterprises in the U.S. from trading with TikTok and its Chinese parent company Bytedance. The relevant deals shall blocked after 45 days (September 20). On August 14, Trump required Bytedance to sell or divest its TikTok-relevant business in the U.S. within 90 days.

TikTok said it had filed a formal indictment against the US government on Monday for banning its operations in the U.S.. In the indictment, the company believes that the U.S. government has violated the the fifth amendment of the constitution of the United States, and deprive TikTok in the rights and interests without due process of law, especially in the situation of the firm’s struggling to prove itself that it has not shared user data with the Chinese government and does not pose a threat to the U.S. national security.

ByteDance’s Declaration

For nearly a year, we have sought in good faith to communicate with the U.S. government and offer solutions to their scruples. But the U.S. government ignored the facts, not following due process of law, and even tried to forcibly intervene in the negotiations of commercial companies. To ensure that the rule of law is not abandoned and that companies and users are treated fairly, we are announcing the formal adoption of litigation to uphold our rights.

Jack Chan

Pre Editor in chief of FirmKnow News.

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