TikTok suing Trump Administration over efforts to ban TikTok in U.S.
TikTok stated in a post to its corporate website:
“Today we are filing a complaint in federal court challenging the Administration’s efforts to ban TikTok in the US…
Today, 100 million Americans turn to TikTok for entertainment, inspiration, and connection; countless creators rely on our platform to express their creativity, reach broad audiences, and generate income; our more than 1,500 employees across the US pour their hearts into building this platform every day, with 10,000 more jobs planned in California, Texas, New York, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan, Illinois, and Washington State; and
many of the country’s leading brands are on TikTok to connect with consumers more authentically and directly than they can elsewhere.
Put simply, we have a thriving community and we are grateful – and responsible – to them.
The Executive Order issued by the Administration on August 6, 2020 has the potential to strip the rights of that community without any evidence to justify such an extreme action, and without any due process.
We strongly disagree with the Administration’s position that TikTok is a national security threat and we have articulated these objections previously.”
ByteDance has reportedly been making progress in talks with potential acquirers of the U.S. operations of the short video app, including Microsoft (MSFT) and Oracle (ORCL), media reports have indicated. Reports have also indicated that Twitter (TWTR) is exploring a bid for TikTok.
Other publicly traded companies in the social media space include Facebook (FB) and Snap (SNAP).
TikTok/Douyin is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming.
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