TikTok plans to prosecute the Trump administration over the president’s executive order banning the app in the US, and the company may file the lawsuit as early as Tuesday. NPR reported.
According to NPR, the lawsuit will allege that the president’s action is unconstitutional because TikTok did not have time to respond. The lawsuit will also allege that the president’s justification for the ban – that the company poses a threat to U.S. national security – is unfounded, NPR reported.
According to the executive order signed by the president on Thursday, the US will block all transactions with TikTok parent company ByteDance within 45 days to “address the national emergency with regard to the information and communications technology supply chain.”
“The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security,” the order read.
A TikTok spokesperson declined to comment on Saturday, pointing to the blog post of the company on the matter. “We made it clear that TikTok has never shared user data with the Chinese government nor censored content at its request,” the blog posts said. “This Executive Order threatens to undermine international companies ‘confidence in the United States’ commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of US economic growth. And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free speech and open markets. “
The company said it intended to “pursue all available remedies” to ensure it was treated fairly. It’s not clear how such a ban would affect ongoing talks between Microsoft and ByteDance to acquire TikTok in the US, talks Microsoft said would be concluded by September 15.