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TikTok sues Donald Trump for US ban

By Suvan Bose


On Monday, TikTok sued US President Donald Trump for his administration order prohibits transaction in the United States with the owner of TikTok, ByteDance from mid-September, saying it an excuse to fuel anti-China oratory as he pursues re-election.



TikTok and its Chinese parent company, ByteDanceLtd, are facing 6th august order from President Donald Trump that under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, U.S. residents are restricted from doing business with TikTok. For weeks, the order didn't take effect, however as the U.S. announced Chinese businesses a security risk and Beijing criticized the administration as aiming China to score political points, it raised the tension. As TikTok argues it poses no security threat.


The second-order, on 14th August issued by the White House under a separate national security law that would compel Byte Dance to sell its U.S. assets. The suite avoids the second order. This order is based on an investigation by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. Decisions by the interagency panel, led by the Treasury Department, which is impossible to void in court.

As Trump steps up campaign against China as the suit appears, betting it will benefit him win November’s Election despite annoying the millions of young TikTok users. Urged by the Secretary of State Michael Pompeo that the American companies to bar Chinese applications from their app stores, as part of his “clean network” guidance designed to restrict authorities in China from accessing the U.S. citizen’s personal data.


The consequence will also have an indication for an increasingly interconnected global economy as the companies like Oracle Corp. and Microsoft Corp. are one of those who are already showing interest in buying TikTok.


According to the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, James Dempsey that the challenge faces an uphill fight. President’s determinations aren’t generally reviewed by the court on questions of national security, said by Dempsey before the case was filed.


But with due process argument the company may be successful “that focuses not on the president’s ultimate decision but on the company’s lack of an opportunity to respond to the evidence against it,” said Dempsey.


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