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TikTok, ByteDance Seek Legal Protection, Sue US Law to Prevent App Sale or Ban

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TikTok and its parent company ByteDance have taken legal action against a law signed by President Joe Biden that mandates the sale or banning of the popular short video app in the United States.

The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, argues that the law infringes upon constitutional rights, including First Amendment protections of free speech.

The law, signed by President Biden on April 24, requires ByteDance to sell TikTok by January 19 or face a nationwide ban. TikTok and ByteDance argue that this law sets a dangerous precedent by targeting a specific platform for permanent prohibition, violating constitutional principles.

According to the lawsuit, the divestiture demanded by the law is impractical and would result in the shutdown of TikTok, silencing its 170 million American users.

The companies assert that such a ban would stifle free expression and communication on the platform, which cannot be replicated elsewhere.

This legal challenge is the latest development in TikTok’s efforts to fend off threats of closure in the U.S. amid concerns about data privacy and national security.

The law, driven by fears of Chinese government access to user data, has bipartisan support in Congress but faces opposition from TikTok, which denies any wrongdoing.

TikTok has invested heavily in measures to safeguard U.S. user data and has negotiated extensively with regulatory bodies like the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). However, discussions stalled, leading to the imposition of the divestiture requirement.

The lawsuit seeks to block the U.S. Attorney General from enforcing the law and requests injunctive relief. It also highlights the complexities of potential divestiture and the broader geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and China in the realm of technology.

As the legal battle unfolds, the future of TikTok in the U.S. remains uncertain, with implications for the broader landscape of internet regulation and international relations.

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