TikTok has reportedly filed a complaint against the Trump administration, seeking to bar the looming ban on the app’s operations.
It marks the second time where the organization has tried to legally challenge the United States government.
TikTok and the owner of the platform, ByteDance, asked a judge in a Washington federal court to block the Trump administration’s moves barring the app from operating in the US, Bloomberg cited the suit as saying.
The complaint was filed on Friday night, shortly after the Department of Commerce announced that the public in the United States wouldn’t be able to download the video-sharing service starting on Sunday.
The Chinese company accused Trump of exceeding his authority, claiming that these actions are based on reasons that are political, but not an “unusual and extraordinary threat” posed to the US, as required by law. The policies of Donal Trump could “destroy an online community where millions of Americans have come together to express themselves.” the suit added.
The ban on TikTok’s operations violates First Amendment free-speech rights, according to the complaint. It also reflects on previous accusations against the US government, saying that it “ignored evidence” showing TikTok’s commitment to privacy.
While opposing the allegations of capturing vast swaths of information from US users and providing access to the Chinese government, TikTok has insisted that user data is stored in the Singapore and United States and does not share anything with Beijing.
Trump administration has been sued by TikTok for the first time in August, shortly after the signing of an executive order by the Trump threatening to ban its US operations over alleged national security concerns.
The move of the company was supported by Beijing, which in turn accused Washington of “organized and systematic economic bullying” of foreign companies.
The TikTok app still has the chance to remain functional in the US if it secures a deal to sell its American operations to a US company by November 12, Oracle being the main candidate to take the assets, but the agreement will require approval from both the Chinese and US governments.
“As far as national security is concerned it has to be 100 percent,” he said earlier this week. “I’m not prepared to sign off on anything. I have to see the deal.”