The company is fighting an order in a U.S. court prohibiting Tiktok from doing business in the U.S.
A federal court in California is to clarify whether an executive order by US President Donald Trump against the Chinese video platform Tiktok is valid. Tiktok is fighting for economic survival because of the president’s decision. On August 6, Trump had banned business with the Chinese owner company Bytedance by a vaguely worded executive order. The popular video service with the Chinese owners is a threat to national security, foreign policy and the economy, argued Trump. The ordinance is due to come into force on September 20th.
The lawsuit against Trump before the federal court in Los Angeles also affects US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and his ministry, according to court documents.
Tiktok justified the lawsuit in a blog post: They worked hard in the past year to allay the US government’s security concerns, for example, the company does not store customer data in China, but in the US and Singapore. In addition, software walls were built to decouple the Tiktok data from other Bytedance products. The Trump decree not only ignores these efforts, but does not even give the company a chance for a hearing.
According to its own statement, Tiktok has more than 100 million users in the US alone. A company spokesman said on the Sunday before the lawsuit, “We failed to meet due process because the government was disregarding facts and trying to interfere in negotiations between private companies to ensure that the rule of law is not violated and our company and ours If users are treated fairly, we have no choice but to challenge the executive order via the justice system. “