TikTok confirmed its defense against Trump Administration.
TikTok has finally broken their silence against Trump Administration’s banning and executive order.
On Saturday, Tiktok has been the first company to confirm to pursue legal action towards the US administration. Though, this has been expected since Friday, for there have been a lot of circulating rumors on TikTok’s action.
According to TikTok spokesman Josh Gartner to The Verge, “Even though we strongly disagree with the administration’s concerns, for nearly a year we have sought to engage in good faith to provide a constructive solution.”
“What we encountered instead was a lack of due process as the administration paid no attention to facts and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses,” TikTok added.
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The accusations state that the platform provides the CCP with America’s own proprietary information. The allegation also claim that the app keeps tabs on Chinese citizens located abroad.
Aside from the observation, the app allegedly carries disinformation campaigns that work to China’s benefit.
The scope of the total ban is still vague, including which exact transactions will become severed. It looks like there are more severe consequences for WeChat as opposed to TikTok.
The app is popularly known amongst the Chinese people as a means of communication, news, and a way to carry business transactions.
Tiktok has skyrocketed in popularity over the past year, especially during the lockdown. Last April, the platform hit 2 billion downloads globally, with over 315 million downloads in the first quarter of 2020.
Trump Administration filed a motion against the lawsuit filed by Democracy and Technology (CDT) in June 2020. This case has been a significant test of Trump’s directive. They brought this because of Trump’s executive order against social media platforms.
President Donald Trump threatens Section 230 of the U.S. law that protects social media companies from litigation. The lawsuit argued the executive order violates the First Amendment rights of social media platforms, which reduces the ability of free speech.