TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration as soon as today, August 11

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What you need to know

  • TikTok plans to sue the Trump administration.
  • It will file a suit in response to the executive order announced by the Trump administration.
  • The app is currently set to be effectively banned in the next 45 days.

TikTok may sue the Trump administration to try and save its business in the United States as soon as today, August 11.

Reported by NPR, the company plans to file a federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday, according to a person directly involved in the suit but that was not authorized to speak on behalf of the company. TikTok had announced that it would take legal action over the weekend after President Trump announced the executive order.

The source also said that the suit will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok's headquarters in the United States are located. According to the source, TikTok will challenge the factual basis or the executive order.

"It's based on pure speculation and conjecture," the source said. "The order has no findings of fact, just reiterates rhetoric about China that has been kicking around."

White House spokesperson Judd Deere defended the executive order and reiterated the administration's belief that TikTok poses a cybersecurity threat.

The White House declined to comment on the expected litigation but defended the president's executive order. "The Administration is committed to protecting the American people from all cyber related threats to critical infrastructure, public health and safety, and our economic and national security," according to White House spokesman Judd Deere.

If the ban goes through the app could be removed from Apple and Google's app stores, a fatal blow to any smartphone app right now.

12 Comments
  • Well Trump is doing a great job of taking revenue away from Google, and Apple could lose as much as a third of all of it's phone sales when WeChat gets blocked from their devices... excellent work at eroding the American economy!
  • The riots aren't peaceful, they're violent and instigated by far left wing agitators, aka communists and communist interest groups aka tik tok and others with massive interest in creating chaos, instabilty and havoc.
    Communists want global domination, simple. Sadly, Joe Average is buying into their trap.
  • Good and I hope they win. Hope Huawei are next up to do the same. If Trump can show us evidence that they are doing wrong then great but yet to see any.
  • James, you won't see hard evidence of the threat, because that's not how China uses what they get. The problem is that the Chinese government controls all Chinese companies (the difference between a capitalist and communist country) and has full access to all the data. They further this control with the Great Firewall, where the Chinese government controls all data in and out of China. For soft evidence though, look at the space and technology advances China has made over the past couple of decades -- they trace back to specific US, EU, and Japanese innovations, not via emulation, but via downright theft. This is supported by the microcode found in some of the chips from Chinese companies (still includes specific pieces of the original code, with the same quirks) and space technology that exactly duplicates secret US engine, navigation, and flight control systems. Also, in the US, we have spent the last 3 years reviewing how Russia is able to influence US elections through modest investments in social media. But China is a much bigger player in this space. TikTok gives them access to additional US consumer and family data that is (probably) directly relevant to them in this regard. Do I know that for certain? No, and I don't think I could prove it (but our intelligence agencies may have that proof, we'll never know), but given the other data that we do have, it's a very, very sensible assumption. China could solve the problem by dropping the Great Firewall and isolating the government from the private sector with true private property rights. There's no evidence that they're willing to do that.
  • Exactly. I will always have a hard time trusting other nations with any of our information, and part of that is because more than 30 years ago, while I was stationed aboard a US Navy submarine, the scandal broke that Japanese company Toshiba had sold technology to Russia pertaining to our submarines. This act, during the height of the Cold War, had the potential to directly put my life in danger. https://www.upi.com/Archives/1987/07/20/Toshiba-apologizes-to-nation-for...
  • This is an extremely simplistic view of the situation with many issues. Your Communism vs capitalism explanation makes no sense and isn't soundly based. Govs of many capitalist countries own corporations, including the American gov. Singapore has huge state ownership yet the west loves it. That's not the issue.
    Developing nations use technology from rich countries. TRIPS was/is a disaster which developing countries only agreed to because the west promised an end to agriculture subsidies. We lied.
    This is a political issue, not an economic issue. It's not about anything other than thucydides trap. China has a host of issues and problems, but it's not because of how why or what you've presented. But As a Canadian living in our country which the USA has recently repeatedly affirmed is a national security threat, I might be skeptical of the reality of the administrations claims. It's a gzero world and the USA needs to wake up. You're bankrupting your country buying weapons and military you can never use to fight off enemies you'll never beat, nevermind never fight.
  • I understand why TikTok would do that -- protect their business. However, I don't think they have much of a case. The Constitution grants the President of the United States (doesn't matter who it is) tremendous latitude and discretion when it comes to national security. Effectively, if he asserts it's a matter of national security, and it originates outside the country, it is.
  • Interestingly, from Microsoft's announcement, it sounded like they were in quiet talks to buy at least some of TikTok, before Trump stated his position. I'm sure the White House's announcement devalued TikTok substantially (now they have to sell or they will lose the business), which can only make it cheaper for Microsoft. I wonder if TikTok is just trying to push back on that figuring a few tens of million in legal fees are worth it if it can increase the sale price by a few billion. Maybe they don't even care if they win or lose: because the legal outcome won't be known until the case resolves, it still gives them ground to stand on during their pricing negotiations with MS, which may very well close long before the legal outcome would be determined. That would mean that this filing is purely a calculated cost in order to increase the sale price to MS (plus the fall back benefit that if MS backs out, they can still pursue the case). If I ran TikTok, I'd probably do the same thing.
  • double post by accident, sorry
  • This is what authoritarians do - meddle directly in the affairs of individuals and companies, motivated entirely by their own self interest. Authoritarianism is at its heart the abuse of power for private gains. Trump isn't checking the Chinese government. He's apeing them. He has always openly admired authoritarian leaders - and he is emulating them.
  • Darn all the Thots are crying about Tik Thot ban.
  • Bye bye tik tok, you can take your communist party spyware cr*p and get the he ll out of Dodge!