TikTok is going to sue the US government. With this, the originally Chinese social medium wants to challenge the order of President Trump, which obliges TikTok to get rid of its American branch before November 12.
Despite disagreeing with the government’s position, we spent a year trying to find a constructive solution. But we are facing an unfair trial in which the facts are ignored and the government is trying to interfere, with negotiations between two private companies”, TikTok argues against The Verge, among others . “To ensure that the rule of law is not violated and that our company and users are treated fairly, we have no choice but to challenge the Executive Order through the judicial system”.
President Trump announced on August 14 that TikTok still had 90 days to sell its US division or turn it into a spin-off company. The US government may be concerned about the possibility of user data being passed on to the Chinese government. However, the order could also be motivated by the trade war in which the two countries are involved.
At the same time, the demand to divest TikTok is being complied with. Parent company ByteDance is in advanced talks with Microsoft about a takeover, and Twitter, Oracle and Alphabet were rumored to have not been uninterested either. President Trump also stated that he thinks the US government should receive a reward for making a takeover deal possible.