The tensions between the U.S. Government and Tik Tok are just getting intense day by day. While President Trump is trying to ban Tik Tok in the United States the company is playing a different strategy. It was confirmed by Tik Tok on Saturday that it is going to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an executive order demanding parent company ByteDance divest its Tik Tok operations in the United States. This is the first legal action taken by the company.
Tik Tok spokesman Josh Gartner said in a statement quoting that “Even Though we strongly disagree with the administration’s concerns, for nearly a year we have sought to engage in good faith to provide a constructive solution. What we encountered instead was a lack of due process as the administration paid no attention to facts and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.”
It is clearly visible from the statement that the company is going to take some major steps; in order to sue down the President’s administration. He also mentioned that they believe in respecting the law; and they also believe that their company should be treated fairly. And, for making sure the law gets followed they have no other option; but to challenge the executive Order through the judicial system.
On 6th August an executive order was signed by President Trump that blocked all the transaction with ByteDance. The step was taken to “address the national emergency with respect to the; information and communication technology and communication technology supply chain”. The order by the President invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergencies Act.
The order was expected to get in power within 45 days;but the tables were turned all of a sudden by President Trump. He signed another executive order on 14th August and this time that order gave the company ByteDance 90 days to sell or spin-off Tik Tok in the US. Following this Microsoft came forward and there were rumours and talks that it is going to acquire the video-sharing platform. Though, it was all blown off when the co-founder; of the company Bill Gates called out the potential deal as “a poisoned chalice”.
It was also mentioned by the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the ban on Tik Tok would start as early as 7th July. Plus, he also pointed out other Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE and called them a threat to the US national security.