ByteDance, the parent company of the well-known TikTok, is under heavy fire in the US. There is a decree, with which the company must leave the US before November. ByteDance has indicated that it will go to court and challenge the president’s decree.
In early August, Trump took steps to block the TikTok app of the US-based Chinese company ByteDance. Trump in his decree refers to investigations by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). According to the CFIUS, TikTok poses a threat to national security. After all, TikTok is part of a Chinese company and could be obliged to hand over data to Chinese government agencies, the US agency suggests.
TikTok has repeatedly contradicted the accusation that ByteDance should share data with the Chinese government. Despite this, Trump continues his measures: Trump gives American parties until the end of October to take over TikTok. No deal being reached? Then ByteDance will have to suspend its activities in the US, the decree states.
However, TikTok does not intend to give up. In response, TikTok said it would challenge the decree: “To ensure that the rule of law is not compromised and our company and our users are treated fairly, we have no choice but to challenge the decree through the legal system ”. Earlier it was leaked that the company had plans to take legal action, this time the confirmation follows.
Fight with Trump
ByteDance will take legal action on Monday 24 August. It is as yet unknown how the process will proceed. The question is whether the steps to the court will have an effect on the current decree – such lawsuits are usually part of a long-winded process. In practice, that would mean that TikTok would have to ‘pack up its suitcases’ before making a decision on the decree.
Until then, TikTok will also continue to negotiate with Microsoft, Oracle, and Twitter, among others. The company already announced on Friday evening that – even if no deal would follow – it sees no reason to leave the United States. At the same time, it throws the ball back to Trump: to date, there is ‘little (public) evidence’, on the basis of which a blockade would be justified.