TikTok is finally fighting back against the US government due to its continuous allegations against the video-sharing app, TikTok announced on its Blog Post on Monday.
The app specifically filed a complaint against US President Donald Trump, “in his official capacity as President of the United States”, and Wilbur Ross Jr., “in his official capacity as Secretary of Commerce.”
The Chinese-owned video-sharing app “believe(s) the administration ignored” its huge effort in addressing the government’s concerns, TikTok said.
The mobile app, used by around a hundred million Americans, is now facing an executive order threatening its presence in the US.
Also, the company employs more than one thousand employees across the United States.
According to TikTok, it wants to “take action” in protecting its employees and the companies rights through legal means, or a complaint.
According to TikTok’s blog post, the company has always concentrated on transparency.
However, President Trump’s August 6th Executive Order against them threatens its employees’ rights due to assumptions.
TikTok has access and collects data from Americans, which can help the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) execute espionage against the US, Trump’s August 6th EO said.
However, TikTok maintains that the company does not pose any security threat to the US.
Also, they accuse the Trump administration of disregarding the app’s right to due process under the Fifth Amendment.
The company filed its complaint in the federal court at the Central District of California.
TikTok’s action might be used to create delays against Trump’s ban, Robert Cheney, a professor at the University of Texas-Austin said.
The lawsuit can be used by the social media application to delay the ban until former Vice President Joe Biden’s possible win in the coming elections, Professor Cheney said, as per CNN.
On August 14th, Trump signed another EO extending TikTok’s time to sell its US Business to an American tech company.
Following the EO’s execution, another company, the Oracle Corporation also joined the scene in talking with TikTok for its acquisition, aside from Microsoft and Twitter.