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TikTok Follows Through On Suing US Government For ‘Unconstitutional Ban’

TikTok Follows Through On Suing US Government For 'Unconstitutional Ban'. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images

TikTok isn’t going to lay down and let the USA kick it out without a fight. The company filed a lawsuit because it found the banning of its social media app unconstitutional. They’re also in hot water with Apple for providing other means of topping up, which goes against Apple’s terms and services.

TikTok Will Sue Due To The Treatment It’s Receiving

ByteDance, owner of TikTok, won’t allow the USA to stop them from providing social media services to Americans. Instead, they’ve filed a lawsuit against President Biden’s signing of the “Protecting Americans’ Data From Foreign Adversaries Act of 2024.”

This happened on Apr. 24, and they filed the lawsuit on May 7 at the US District Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.

You can find the legal document here, which details the unconstitutional banning of the app. ByteDance alleges that the government hinders free speech by taking away the freedom to use TikTok.

They claim, “For the first time in history, Congress has enacted a law that subjects a single, named speech platform to a permanent, nationwide ban and bars every American from participating in a unique online community with more than 1 billion people worldwide.”

Moreover, they affirm that the ban is “so unconstitutional” by pointing out that the Act’s sponsors recognize the fact and try to point it out as a regulation, not a ban.

Indeed, they aren’t expected to ban TikTok outright but rather divest their stocks to other buyers who aren’t considered “Foreign Adversaries” by the USA.

Time Is Ticking Down

ByteDance only has around nine months to divest the stocks to potential buyers. However, the company alleges that it’s impossible. There would be too much code that would reveal the company’s practices, which would be impractical and burdensome.

Should TikTok be banned, many users might find themselves out of business, as many have depended on the social media app to earn money. Whether they’re “NPC streamers” or product sellers, they might find themselves out of a job in nine months.

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