TikTok has filed a lawsuit against the United States government in response to the executive order signed by President Donald Trump, which aims to ban the country’s Chinese app. The social network of short videos had already announced that it would appeal the decision after the U.S. ultimatum, and claims that there is no evidence about the threats the app is supposed to bring to national security.
In a post on its official blog, TikTok claims to have directed efforts to address the US president’s security concerns – one of which would be storing user data on servers in the United States and Singapore, rather than China; and another was the creation of a barrier to separate this information from others related to other products operated by ByteDance, a Chinese company that is the controller of the social network – but the shares would have been ignored by Trump.
Another argument against the accusations of the President of the United States is based on the allegation that the actions of the social network were already known by the American government, since they would have passed, in 2017, the review of the Committee of Foreign Investment in the United States, when Musical.ly was purchased by ByteDance (and transformed into TikTok).
Security concerns unite parties against TikTok
While TikTok claims to preserve its users’ data, China’s cybersecurity law requires technology companies to hand over all data to the Chinese government, if requested. Therefore, the concern is that as long as the app is controlled by ByteDance, there is a possibility that the information he collected will fall into the hands of the Chinese authorities.
Given this scenario, it is not just the Trump administration that threatens the permanence of the social network in North American territory. Democrat Joe Biden, who runs for president of the United States, ordered his team not to use TikTok on their smartphones – it is not known, however, what Biden’s conduct would be in case of victory in the dispute against Trump in November.
In contrast, TikTok claims that its team has American executives, who would not be subject to China’s laws, and points out that it moderates the content with a team within the United States.
“By banning TikTok without prior notice or opportunity to be heard (either before or after the fact), the executive order violates the Fifth Amendment’s due process protections,” says the social network, which adds that the measure “is not based on a national emergency in good faith ”.
Finally, TikTok points out that by ending its operations in the United States, the government would also prevent the creation of 10,000 jobs in the country – projection made for the next three years.
Anyway, the soap opera involving the Chinese social network and the United States government is still expected to win some chapters in the coming months. If it is acquired by an American company, such as Microsoft, all the treatment given to the situation of the social network should change. It is also possible that a Trump defeat in the elections will change the landscape of this political game – or not.
With information: TechCrunch