JUST IN.TikTok, the video-sharing app owned by ByteDance, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Government Monday, challenging the Trump administration’s efforts to ban American company’s operations. TikTok argued the ban prevents the company from due process, as guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.
The company said Trump’s executive order ignored the company’s efforts to prove it doesn’t share data with the Chinese government and isn’t a national security threat. The Trump administration has expressed concern about U.S. Data security and privacy with a number of Chinese companies including Huawei and WeChat.
In the meantime, TikTok continues to negotiate the sale of its U.S., Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand operations with Microsoft, Oracle, and other potential investors in the company, according to people who are familiar with the matter.
“The executive order seeks to ban TikTok purportedly because of the speculative possibility that the application could be manipulated by the Chinese government,” TikTok said in its lawsuit. “But, as the U.S. Government is well aware that Plaintiffs have taken unprecedented steps to preserve the privacy and protection of TikTok’s U.S. user data, including by making TikTok store these data outside of China (in the United States and Singapore) and by erecting technical barriers to ensure that TikTok stores its U.S. user data separately from the user data of other ByteDance items.