TikTok Attempts to Stop Ban by Suing the US Government

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TikTok is fighting back over the US government’s decision for it to divest from ByteDance or face a ban. In a court filing announced on Tuesday, the company is suing the US government over the “unconstitutional” ban on TikTok.

In April, President Joe Biden signed into law the TikTok ban bill, giving the company nine months to part ways with its China-based parent company ByteDance, or face a ban in the United States. The US government is citing security concerns for its decision to ban the popular social media platform.

For the first time in history, Congress has enacted a law that subjects a single, named speech platform to a permanent, nationwide ban, and bars every American from participating in a unique online community with more than 1 billion people worldwide,” the lawsuit reads. “If Congress can do this, it can circumvent the First Amendment by invoking national security and ordering the publisher of any individual newspaper or website to sell to avoid being shut down. And for TikTok, any such divestiture would disconnect Americans from the rest of the global community on a platform devoted to shared content — an outcome fundamentally at odds with the Constitution’s commitment to both free speech and individual liberty.”

TikTok says the divestiture from ByteDance is “simply not possible” and that there is “no question” that the decision from the US government will force a shutdown of the app in the country by January 19, 2025. There are currently 170 million Americans using the social media platform.

TikTok cites “Project Texas,” the company’s $2 billion investment to help safeguard U.S user data and the integrity of the platform in the US against foreign government influence. There is also an additional commitment with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) of a “shut down option” should TikTok violate conditions under the agreement.

TikTok is asking the court to recognise the decision from the US government as unconstitutional, which would prevent the law from being enforced.

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