Selin ATAY-TDO- TikTok threatened legal action against an executive order issued by President Donald Trump that would ban the Chinese-owned social media app from doing business with American firms.
The U.S. President on Thursday issued executive orders that would ban the social media app TikTok and WeChat from operating in the US in 45 days if TikTok and WeChat are not sold by their Chinese-owned parent companies.
According to Washington, the app could allow Beijing to spy on U.S. government employees and contractors, collect personal data for blackmail, conduct corporate espionage and be used for “disinformation campaigns” that benefit the government of China.
TikTok has denied the allegations, and China has opposed the executive orders issued by Trump, by saying that it will defend the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese businesses.
TikTok said in a blog post that it was “shocked” by the order, claiming there has been “no due process or adherence to the law” from the Donald Trump administration.
“This Executive Order risks undermining global businesses’ trust in the United States’ commitment to the rule of law, which has served as a magnet for investment and spurred decades of American economic growth,” TikTok said in a blog post.
“And it sets a dangerous precedent for the concept of free expression and open markets. We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly - if not by the Administration, then by the US courts.”
Calling the TikTok users’ support for the platform, “We want the 100 million Americans who love our platform because it is your home for expression, entertainment, and connection to know: TikTok has never, and will never, waver in our commitment to you”, TikTok added.
Beside from the TikTok, which is owned by China-based internet giant ByteDance, another executive order was directed a Chinese company, WeChat. According to Washington’s claim, the data collection of the popular messaging app owned by Tencent could give Beijing access to Americans’ personal information.