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TikTok To Sue Trump Administration On Monday Over Threatened Ban

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As first discussed two weeks ago, TikTok said on Monday that “we simply have no choice” but to sue the Trump administration over U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning transactions in the United States with the popular short-form video-sharing app. In a lawsuit which is expected to be filed in federal court for the Central District of California as soon as Monday according to the WSJ, the company assets that it protects its users’ data and challenges Trump’s executive order that would effectively ban the video-sharing app if it doesn’t find an American buyer for its U.S. operations.

In a blog post, TikTok said it strongly disagreed with the White House’s position that the company was a national security threat, saying it had “taken extraordinary measures to protect the privacy and security of TikTok’s U.S. user data.”

It also said the administration has ignored its “extensive efforts” to address its concerns, and accused Trump of politicizing the dispute by calling for a ban on TikTok in an Aug. 6 executive order. “We do not take suing the government lightly,” TikTok said. “But with the Executive Order threatening to bring a ban on our U.S. operations … we simply have no choice.”

Trump has for weeks complained that TikTok, owned by Chinese internet company ByteDance, was a national security threat and might share information about users with the Chinese government. His Aug. 6 executive order called for banning transactions with the app after 45 days. Trump issued a separate executive order on Aug. 14 giving ByteDance 90 days to divest TikTok’s U.S. operations and any data.

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