The video-sharing app TikTok has confirmed that it will file a complaint against the US government on Monday, in response to an executive order from Donald Trump accusing him of spying on behalf of Beijing and wants to ban any transactions in the near future. TikTok with partners in the United States.
“We totally disagree with the administration’s position that TikTok is a threat to national security”, justifies the company in a blog post by ensuring not to initiate these lawsuits ” lightly “.
“With this executive order threatening to ban our American operations – eliminating the creation of 10,000 jobs in the United States and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment and for a particularly vital livelihood during the pandemic – we just have no choice ”, adds the company.
Without tangible proof, the American president has for months been accusing the video-sharing platform, owned by the Chinese group ByteDance, of siphoning off data from American users for the benefit of Beijing.
On August 6, he banned the application from any transaction with American partners within 45 days. The decree does not specify the practical consequences, but the ban on any transaction with the two companies could force Google and Apple to remove the two networks from their app stores, effectively preventing them from being used in the United States.
No “fair process”
TikTok argues in its complaint that it did not receive “Fair procedure”, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, as the company did not have an opportunity to present its case until the executive order was signed.
The company also claims that it does not fall within the scope of the law used by Donald Trump to justify his decree, which relates to “Telecommunications providers”.
She also believes that the administration has not taken into account any of her efforts in terms of transparency and communication.
For TikTok, the decisions of the US administration are “highly politicized”.
They intervene in fact against the backdrop of growing diplomatic and trade tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Arguing threats to national security, the tenant of the White House also gave ByteDance until around mid-November to sell the network’s American operations, on pain of blocking it in the United States.