Byte skipped its short video app focused on overseas markets on the evening of TikTok announced on its website that it was suing the U.S. government in federal court on Monday, local time, in response to an administrative ban issued by U.S. President Donald Trump on August 6.According to the presidential executive order issued by Trump on August 6, any transaction between any person or enterprise under US jurisdiction and TikTok parent company will be banned 45 days later. The full scope of the ban is unclear, and the U.S. Secretary of Commerce will have the power to determine the scope of the deal.
In this article titled "why we are suing the administration," tiktok explains the reasons for suing the U.S. government.
According to tiktok, 100 million Americans on tiktok get entertainment, inspiration and links. Creators express their creativity, reach audiences and earn money on the platform. Tiktok has more than 1500 employees in the United States and plans to add tens of thousands of jobs in many places.
"In short, we have a prosperous community, and we are grateful and responsible for it." Tiktok said, "the executive order of the United States government on August 6, 2020 may deprive the community of its rights, and there is no evidence that such extreme action is justified. We strongly disagree with the government's position that tiktok poses a threat to national security. "
'we have no choice but to take action to protect the rights of communities and employees,' tiktok said.
Tiktok also said the U.S. government ignored the company's efforts to address concerns. Tiktok said that the key personnel responsible for tiktok's business, including the chief executive officer, the global chief safety officer and the general counsel, are all Americans, and the content generated by the US business is also reviewed by the US team, which operates independently of China. U.S. users' data is also stored in the United States and Singapore.
Tiktok also believes that Trump's ban is an abuse of IEEPA.
According to Reuters, according to the international emergency economic power act, the president of the United States can regulate international trade in a state of national emergency. It is reported that Trump's administrative orders against tiktok and wechat on August 6 are based on the international emergency economic power law.
Tiktok has been a huge success worldwide over the past year, with more than 2 billion downloads. According to data from sensor tower, tiktok was the most downloaded non Game App in the world in June 2020. In the first and second quarters of 2020, tiktok's downloads in the United States far exceed those of Facebook, instagram and Youtube.
Due to the Chinese origin of byte skipping, tiktok in the United States is constantly under investigation and questioning of "affecting national security". In August this year, U.S. President trump issued executive orders twice in a row to block byte skipping on the grounds of "national security".
In addition to the trading ban on August 6, trump issued an executive order on August 14, requiring byte jitter to sell or spin off its tiktok business in the United States within 90 days. Trump also authorized the attorney general to take any necessary measures to implement the order. The executive order is based on an investigation by the US Foreign Investment Commission (CFIUS).
TikTok general manager of the United States, Vanessa Papas (Vanessa Pappas), in an interview on August 20, strongly opposed CFIUS conclusion. She said she was disappointed by the CFIUS's ruling that there was no evidence to support TikTok threat to U.S. national security.