TikTok sues the U.S. government2020-08-25 17:42 by Daniela
On Monday, ByteDance Ltd., the Chinese parent company of TikTok, officially filed a legal case against the administration of US President Donald Trump for an executive order by the president banning transactions between the video-sharing app and the Beijing-based company over allegations that TikTok is harvesting data for the Chinese government.
"The Executive Order issued by the Administration on August 6, 2020 has the potential to strip the rights of [the TikTok] community without any evidence to justify such an extreme action, and without any due process," the firm explains in a blog post. "We strongly disagree with the Administration's position that TikTok is a national security threat and we have articulated these objections previously."
Covington & Burling - a Washington, D.C.-headquartered international law firm that has represented Huawei Technologies, Samsung Electronics and Microsoft - has been retained to represent plaintiffs TikTok and ByteDance.
A separate lawsuit, filed later Monday in US District Court for Northern California by a TikTok employee, calls the order "sweepingly broad" and questions whether employee wages and salaries will be covered by a section of the order that bans transactions with the company.
"The 1,500 TikTok employees working in the US - as well as their families - need to know whether they will be paid next month," reads the complaint from plaintiff Patrick Ryan.
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