TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration over the executive order of the president prohibiting the app in the US, and the corporation will file the case as early as Tuesday, according to NPR.
The case would contend, according to NPR, that the president ‘s behavior is illegal because TikTok did not have time to respond. The case would also argue that the president ‘s rationale for the ban — that the company is a danger to U.S. national security — is groundless, said NPR.
Following the executive order signed by the president on Thursday, the US must ban all dealings with ByteDance, TikTok’s parent corporation, within 45 days in order to “address the national emergency with respect to the information and communication technology supply chain.”
“The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security,” the order says.
A spokesman for TikTok declined to comment on Saturday, pointing at the company’s blog post on the topic. “We have made clear that TikTok has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at its request,” the blog posts say. “This Executive Order risks undermining global businesses’ trust in the United States’ commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of American economic growth. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free expression and open markets.”
The firm said it was preparing to “pursue all remedies available to us” to ensure it was treated fairly. It is not clear how such a ban will impact ongoing talks between Microsoft and ByteDance to buy TikTok in the US, which Microsoft said would conclude by September 15.