Chinese company ByteDance, which owns the service TikTok, appealed to the court in Washington demanding to block the decision of the U.S. Presidential Administration Donald Trump to ban applications in the country, reports Bloomberg.
The lawsuit was filed on Friday night. The company claims that its actions against the application Trump exceeded its authority and did so for political reasons, not to prevent “an extraordinary and extraordinary threat” to the country. The ban also violates the right to free speech, guaranteed by the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the document said.
According to the complaint, Trump’s actions could “destroy the online community, where millions of Americans have gathered to express themselves. The company noted that authorities have “ignored evidence” showing that TikTok is fulfilling its obligations to ensure the safety and security of American users’ data.
Earlier Friday, U.S. authorities announced a ban on downloading Chinese applications TikTok and WeChat from September 20 and their use from November 12. At the same time, the Department of Commerce noted that U.S. President Donald Trump gave TikTok a deadline of 12 November to address the problem associated with national security, if these problems are solved, the ban on TikTok can be lifted.
The U.S. administration accuses TikTok that the application can transmit data of Americans to the Chinese authorities. Its owner, ByteDance, denies it. Meanwhile, U.S. President Donald Trump in August signed executive decrees “On Combating the threat of TikTok” and “On Combating the threat of WeChat”, which gave about a month to terminate in the U.S. jurisdiction any transactions with ByteDance.
Earlier, the media also reported that the U.S. company Oracle and ByteDance plan to create a new company TikTok Global, headquartered in the U.S., where Oracle will be a minority shareholder and ByteDance – a majority, and on Thursday, according to media reports, both companies and the U.S. Treasury Department have previously agreed on the terms of the purchase of TikTok assets.