TikTok sues US gov­ern­ment in ef­fort to block Trump’s ban

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Business - By Margi Mur­phy in San Fran­cisco

TIKTOK has sued the US gov­ern­ment to block Don­ald Trump’s or­der ban­ning the pop­u­lar video app if it fails to find an Amer­i­can buyer by Sept 15.

“We strongly dis­agree with the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s po­si­tion that TikTok is a na­tional se­cu­rity threat and we have ar­tic­u­lated these ob­jec­tions pre­vi­ously,” the com­pany said as it filed the suit in a fed­eral court in Cal­i­for­nia yes­ter­day.

TikTok is ask­ing a judge to throw out the or­der, signed by Mr Trump on Aug 6, which said the app could be ma­nip­u­lated by the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment.

Mi­crosoft, Or­a­cle and var­i­ous Amer­i­can in­vestors have en­tered talks with ByteDance, TikTok’s par­ent, to take a ma­jor­ity stake by next month.

Wash­ing­ton of­fi­cials claim that there is a risk TikTok users’ in­for­ma­tion may be passed to the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment.

Amid on­go­ing scru­tiny over its Chi­nese roots and its sud­den surge in pop­u­lar­ity, TikTok hired an Amer­i­can chief ex­ec­u­tive, se­cu­rity chief and le­gal coun­sel, who are all based in the US, “and there­fore are not sub­ject to Chi­nese law”, the law­suit says.

In the com­plaint, TikTok said it had been in talks ahead of the ban to al­le­vi­ate these con­cerns and taken “ex­tra­or­di­nary mea­sures to pro­tect the pri­vacy and se­cu­rity of TikTok US user data”.

Sep­a­rately yes­ter­day, so­cial me­dia gi­ant Face­book agreed to pay €106m (£96m) in back taxes to France to set­tle a long-run­ning dis­pute over the rev­enues it earned in the coun­try.

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