TikTok is gearing up to sue President Donald Trump over his ban of the platform from the United States over fears of China cyber spying.
The company will reportedly argue that they were not given adequate enough time to defend themselves against the executive order, which the social media giant claims has no real facts behind it. The executive order claims that the Chinese company, “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users.”
“It’s based on pure speculation and conjecture,” a source tells NPR. “The order has no findings of fact, just reiterates rhetoric about China that has been kicking around.”
While the unpredictable president has not publically commented on the lawsuit, White House spokesman Judd Deere, responded to TikTok by saying, “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.”
Officials from TikTok recently released a statement responding to the order.
“We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process,” the company said. “For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.”
Trump has previously stated that he will lift the ban if TikTok can not find an American buyer by September 15th. Several companies including Microsoft have expressed interest in buying the platform. However, no official deal has been met.