TikTok to sue Trump administration as executive order lacks due process

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It looks like president Trump’s battle with Chinese firms shows no signs of abating as TikTok says it would sue the leader and his administration over its recent executive order demanding that the social media platform have US ownership should it wish to continue operating in that region.

This as it says that due process was not followed with regard to said executive order, which says that no US firm can deal with a Chinese company after 15th September.

“To ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and users are treated fairly, we have no choice but to challenge the executive order through the judicial system,” explained a spokesperson for TikTok at the weekend.

The app is not the only Chinese tech firm eyeing to take Trump’s administration to court, with WeChat filing a lawsuit in San Francisco to stop any attempt by the US government to block the messaging service in that region.

As The Next Web points out, should TikTok lose its ability to operate in the US, it would mean a loss of 80 million users, with 200 million already barred from the platform thanks to a ban in India a few weeks ago.

If the platform and Trump’s administration do indeed go to court, it remains to be seen how this would impact any kind of acquisition currently being lined up, with Microsoft and Oracle working to get a deal hashed out before the aforementioned mid-September deadline.

There is also the not so small matter of the US presidential elections in November to consider, and should Biden beat Trump, it could potentially offer a reprieve for Chinese firms from further US scrutiny.

Either way, this saga is far from finished.

[Image – Photo by Tingey Injury Law Firm on Unsplash]

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.