TikTok sues U.S. govt to block potential ban

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TikTok sues U.S. govt to block potential ban

TikTok, an online video entertainment platform, and its Chinese parent company ByteDance on Tuesday filed a legal challenge against the U.S. government over a law forcing ByteDance to sell off the ultra-popular app or face a nationwide ban in the country, reported Xinhua.

U.S. President Joe Biden signed a TikTok ban bill into law last month after it was passed by both houses of U.S. Congress.

"Congress has taken the unprecedented step of expressly singling out and banning TikTok: a vibrant online forum for protected speech and expression used by 170 million Americans to create, share, and view videos over the Internet," said TikTok in the petition filed in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, adding that "For the first time in history, Congress has enacted a law that subjects a single, named speech platform to a permanent, nationwide ban, and bars every American from participating in a unique online community with more than 1 billion people worldwide."

TikTok pointed out in the petition that the law – the Protecting Americans From Foreign Adversary Controlled Applications Act – is unconstitutional.

"Banning TikTok is so obviously unconstitutional, in fact, that even the Act's sponsors recognized that reality, and therefore have tried mightily to depict the law not as a ban at all, but merely a regulation of TikTok's ownership," said TikTok.

The law only gives ByteDance 270 days to sell TikTok to a non-Chinese buyer, with the possibility of a 90-day extension if the U.S. President determines it necessary.

"But in reality, there is no choice," said TikTok, noting that the "qualified divestiture" demanded by the Act to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States is simply not possible: not commercially, not technologically, not legally.

The TikTok ban, citing unfounded national security concerns due to its Chinese ownership, has drawn widespread criticism from various quarters both within and outside the United States, with people questioning the motivations behind Washington's suppression of the popular app, and raising concerns about constitutional rights and the principle of fair competition being violated.

Source: www.dailyfinland.fi

5 Comments
  1. EmilyJohnson says

    It’s outrageous that the U.S. government is trying to ban TikTok, a platform that millions of Americans use to express themselves freely. The law is clearly unconstitutional and goes against the principles of free speech. I hope the court rules in favor of TikTok and protects the rights of its users.

  2. EmilySmith says

    I think it’s unfair that the U.S. government is targeting TikTok specifically with this ban. It sets a dangerous precedent for online freedom of speech and expression. I support TikTok’s decision to challenge the law in court, as it raises important constitutional concerns.

  3. Emily87 says

    TikTok’s legal challenge against the U.S. government is absolutely justified. It’s concerning that Congress has resorted to banning a platform that serves as a vital space for free speech and creativity. The law imposing the ban is clearly unconstitutional and sets a dangerous precedent.

  4. EmilySmith86 says

    As an American user of TikTok, I believe that the ban imposed by the U.S. government is unjust and a violation of our freedom of speech. It is concerning to see Congress targeting a single platform like TikTok, which has been a creative outlet for millions of users. I hope the legal challenge by TikTok and ByteDance will protect the rights of online communities to express themselves without government interference.

  5. AshleyJohnson22 says

    Do you think TikTok has a strong case against the U.S. government’s ban, considering the arguments presented in the article?

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