The China-backed social media app TikTok is suing the Trump administration over an executive order banning it in the U.S. unless ownership is transferred.
“The administration ignored our extensive efforts to address its concerns, which we conducted fully and in good faith,” TikTok said in a press release regarding the lawsuit. “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.”
Trump’s executive orders issued earlier this month forced ByteDance, the Chinese company that controls TikTok, to divest from the American operations of the company, and to ban transactions with the app within 45 days. TikTok believes that the administration lacks the authority to perform these actions on behalf of national security interests.
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