A US executive order gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok. Image by EPA PHOTO

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TikTok to challenge Trump executive order

2020-08-24 14:11:48

TikTok plans to file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s executive order that prohibits transactions with the popular short video app and its Chinese parent ByteDance.

it says it has tried to engage with the US administration for nearly a year but faced “a lack of due process” and the government paid no attention to the facts.

“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,” the company spokesperson said on Saturday.

TikTok’s owner ByteDance issued a separate statement on Sunday saying it would officially file a lawsuit against Trump administration on Monday.

Trump issued an executive order on August 14 that gave ByteDance 90 days to divest the US operations of TikTok. ByteDance has been making progress in talks with potential acquirers, including Microsoft Corp and Oracle.

Some of ByteDance’s US investors could also join the winning bid.

While TikTok is best known for its anodyne videos of people dancing and going viral among teenagers, US officials have expressed concerns that information on users could be passed on to China’s government.

A representative for the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.