TikTok, a subsidiary of Chinese company ByteDance, has called on a judge to block the Trump administration’s decision to ban downloads of the popular video app in the United States from Sunday in the name of national security .
The move was taken “for political reasons” and not because of any threat to the security of the country, say TikTok and its parent company in a complaint filed late Friday in a Washington court. It also violates the right to freedom of expression, guaranteed by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution, as well as the right to due process, guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment, the document claims.
And if the download ban is upheld, it will “irreversibly” destroy TikTok’s business in the United States, where the app has 100 million members, the complaint warns.
Further escalation in the standoff with China, the United States decided on Friday to ban downloads from TikTok but also from the WeChat platform, an application by Chinese giant Tencent used for messaging, purchases, payments and more. other services, with some 19 million users on American soil.