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TikTok moves to sue Trump administration and U.S.

Update (Aug 24):¬†TikTok has confirmed they are filing a complaint in federal court challenging Trump’s efforts to ban the social platform in the US.

In context: Despite its popularity, TikTok continues to attract the gaze of U.S. lawmakers who fear the app could be a conduit for Chinese espionage. The Trump administration has issued a pair of executive orders aimed at banning ByteDance and forcing a TikTok divestiture in the U.S. And while it seems an acquisition of TikTok’s U.S. operations is likely, ByteDance is preparing to answer in kind with legal action of its own.

Update (Aug 24): TikTok has confirmed they are filing a complaint in federal court challenging Trump’s efforts to ban the social platform in the US.

Rumors have been swirling for weeks about a potential legal backlash from TikTok over its ban in the United States. Between Friday and Saturday, multiple reports surfaced suggesting that a lawsuit is all but certain, and that legal filings could be finalized as early as next week. The Verge seems to have removed any speculation from the matter, as they were able to obtain a statement from TikTok spokesman Josh Gartner.

“Even though we strongly disagree with the administration’s concerns, for nearly a year we have sought to engage in good faith to provide a constructive solution. What we encountered instead was a lack of due process as the administration paid no attention to facts and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses. To ensure that the rule of law is not discarded‚Ķ

Eric Hamilton

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