TikTok – Suit Filed Against U.S. Ban

TikTok, the Chinese owned mobile app that was banned in the USA, has filed a case against the U.S. Government in Federal Court on Monday, August 24, 2020. The app is facing a threat by President Trump’s executive order. The video-sharing app would face a ban if it failed to find a buyer for its U.S. operations. The app has challenged the Presidential order in court under the plea that it is protecting the customer’s data. 

The lawsuit has been filed in federal court for the Central District of California, TikTok lawyers stated that the company has “taken extraordinary measures to protect the privacy and security of TikTok’s U.S. user data.” The lawyers also said that the Federal Government was informed about the data protection measures. “By banning TikTok with no notice or opportunity to be heard (whether before or after the fact), the executive order violates the due process protections of the Fifth Amendment,” the complaint says.

The U.S. officials have shown the Government’s concern that the app being owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd. could share the data of Americans streaming videos to China’s Government. TikTok has taken the plea that the Chinese Government has never asked them to share any data, and there is no possibility of the Chinese Government ever showing any such intention.

A research conducted by Sensor Tower shows that TikTok’s has been downloaded more than 180 million times in the U.S.

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Umar Hayat
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