Last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order giving TikTok’s parent company ByteDance 45 days to strike a deal with an American company. In view of the order, if ByteDance does not transfer the US operations of TikTok to an American company within the designated time, all US-based organizations will be prohibited from conducting any business with the parent company.
On account of this executive order, TikTok is filing a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration. This lawsuit is being filled in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, which is where TikTok’s American operations are based. The company argues that the President’s actions are:
Unconstitutional because it failed to give the company a chance to respond and that the US government’s national-security justification for the order is baseless.
Currently, TikTok’s parent company is seeking every possible way to deter the ban the US government has threatened it with. The executive order will not only effectively ban the application in the states but will also prevent US companies from working with ByteDance. Which means, Apple and Google will not be able to list ByteDance owned applications on their app store anymore.
Tencent is also facing a similar situation. US government is looking into banning WeChat in the country. However, the executive order signed targets Tencent instead of WeChat.