TikTok refuses to take the US ban from the Trump administration

TikTok refuses to take the US ban from the Trump administration. According to court documents filed late on Friday, the company has filed a complaint and has asked a U.S. judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban on the Chinese social media network.

The video-sharing social networking service and ByteDance Ltd. lodged this complaint in a Washington federal court challenging the recent prohibitor moves by the Trump administration.

The United States Commerce Department announced a ban on Friday blocking people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and TikTok starting Sept. 20. The ban was being introduced for political reasons, TikTok and ByteDance alleged in their complaint. TikTok also said the ban would violate the company’s First Amendment rights.

It was Donald Trump who issued an executive order on Aug. 6 that prohibited U.S. transactions with the Chinese owners of messaging app WeChat and TikTok.

ByteDance and TikTok are both seeking a “declaratory” judgment and an order “invalidating and preliminarily and permanently enjoining the Prohibitions and the August 6 order,” according to the complaint.

The White House did not immediately respond when Reuters contacted it for comment early on Saturday. The company which has over 100 million users in the United States, said the ban would “irreversibly destroy their business in the U.S.”

 

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