According to a report published by the site NPR Today, Saturday, the app TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration, defying the president’s executive order banning service from the United States.
The video sharing app, which is very popular among young people, will file the federal lawsuit before Tuesday, according to what the site quoted from a person who participated directly in the upcoming lawsuit but was not authorized to speak on behalf of the company. The person said: The lawsuit will be filed with the US District Court for the Southern District of California, where US Tik Tok operations are based.
NPR learned that the lawsuit would argue that President Trump’s long-term action was unconstitutional because he failed to give the company an opportunity to respond. It also alleges that the administration’s justification for national security is unfounded, according to the source.
The White House declined to comment on the expected lawsuit but defended the president’s executive order. According to the White House spokesman (Good Deer), “The administration is committed to protecting the American people from all cyber threats related to critical infrastructure, public health and safety, and our economic and national security.”
Under the executive order issued by the president Thursday night, “any transaction” between a US citizen and the Chinese company (TikTok) ByteDance, will be prohibited within 45 days for reasons of national security. It is believed that such a blanket ban would be fatal for TikTok in the United States.
The NRP report comes in conjunction with ad buyers saying: (TikTok) is preparing advertisers for a possible ban on its application in the United States, offering to return the money they pay for ad campaigns that cannot be run.
While the ad business for the short video app is still nascent, the app’s projected revenue of $ 1 billion in 2020 is a fraction of the total sales of its Chinese owner, ByteDance. But the app is becoming a popular niche for brands aiming to reach their young users.