TikTok confirmed on Saturday that it will file a lawsuit on Monday against the Trump administration over an executive order requiring parent company ByteDance to withdraw its video app operations in the United States.
This is the first time that the company has confirmed that it will file a lawsuit, a move that has been rumored about for several weeks.
Josh Gartner said (Josh Gartner(TikTok spokesperson in a statement: Although we strongly disagree with the management’s concerns, for nearly a year we have sought to engage in good faith to offer a constructive solution.
“What we faced instead was a lack of due process as the Trump administration did not pay attention to the facts and tried to get itself involved in negotiations between private companies,” he added.
Gartner explained that BiteDance has no choice but to challenge the executive order through the judicial system to ensure that the rule of law is not ignored and that our company and our users are treated fairly.
ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, issued a separate statement on Sunday saying it would file a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Monday, August 24.
President Trump signed an executive order on August 6 banning all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to address a national emergency regarding the information and communications technology supply chain.
The order was based on the International Economic Emergency Powers Act, an unusual move that identifies TikTok businesses in the United States as a national emergency.
The order was to go into effect within 45 days, but on August 14 President Trump signed another executive order that gave ByteDance 90 days to sell or withdraw Tik Tok in the United States.
The video-sharing platform has grown in popularity dramatically over the past year, and Tik Tok said in April that it had reached two billion downloads worldwide, with 315 million downloads in the first quarter of 2020 alone.
Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok, and reports indicate that Twitter and Oracle were also in separate talks with TikTok, and Microsoft said: It expects to complete the discussions no later than September 15, 2020.