On the 24th, TikTok formally sued the US government and filed a lawsuit against Trump’s executive order issued on August 6.
TikTok said in a statement, “The Executive Order issued by the Administration on August 6, 2020 has the potential to strip the rights of that community without any evidence to justify such an extreme action, and without any due process. We strongly disagree with the Administration’s position that TikTok is a national security threat and we have articulated these objections previously.”
“Now is the time for us to act. We do not take suing the government lightly, however we feel we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights, and the rights of our community and employees.“
“To be clear, we far prefer constructive dialogue over litigation. But with the Executive Order threatening to bring a ban on our US operations – eliminating the creation of 10,000 American jobs and irreparably harming the millions of Americans who turn to this app for entertainment, connection, and legitimate livelihoods that are vital especially during the pandemic – we simply have no choice.”
On August 6, US President Trump issued an executive order prohibiting US individuals and companies from trading with TikTok and its Chinese parent company Bytedance. Related transactions will be banned after 45 days. On August 14, Trump issued another executive order, requiring Bytedance to divest TikTok’s US business within 90 days.