Like Tiktok videos go from slow motion to hyperspeed in no time. The company’s problems seem to grow at a similar rate. First of all, the Tiktok app was banned in India along with 58 other Chinese apps. And just yesterday, the Trump administration announced that Tiktok will be removed from app stores in the United States on Sunday. TikTok use will be banned in the US in November, according to the order.
In retaliation, TikTok’s parent company Bytedance filed a complaint against the president’s executive order in federal court in Washington on Friday night, according to the Bloomberg report. He has asked the judge to stop the Trump administration from banning the application of short videos for political purposes. It also hinders citizens’ First Amendment free speech rights, the complaint says.
The complaint mentions that President Trump has exceeded his authority by banning the application of short videos. He has made such a move for political reasons rather than trying to stop an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to the US Furthermore, he mentions that the ban seeks to destroy an online community of millions, who come together to share their opinions and express themself freely. This is not the first time that TikTok has decided to sue the Trump administration for illegal dealing in the last month.
Bytedance further added that it has provided evidence of its commitment to the privacy and security of US users. But the US Department of Commerce just ignored it, choosing to “order the destruction of TikTok” by banning the app in the country. The complaint further reveals that the president issued the order saying that TikTok had no rights and that the sale of TikTok’s operations in the US would not be approved if he did not pay the government, which he later said would be illegal.
If he hasn’t been following up, Trump initially said that a TikTok ban could easily be avoided if the app is bought by an American tech giant. Microsoft and Oracle were the two reported bidders, with the latter winning the tender earlier this week. However, the Trump administration appears reluctant to approve the deal and expects to be paid as part of a deal for TikTok’s US operations.
All of this makes it seem like the president is more concerned with extracting some money for the US using the TikTok trade deal, as he would with one of his own companies. The talk about the privacy and security of the citizens of the country seems a shame to cover up his true intentions. It’s certainly a disaster we’ll hear more about in the coming weeks.