TikTok Taking Trump Administration to Court Over U.S. Ban

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TikTok is over its executive order announcing a ban on the wildly popular video-making and sharing app in the U.S.

The company is prepping to file a federal lawsuit as soon as Tuesday against President Trump’s executive order banning the service in the continental United States, arguing it is unconstitutional.

TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, will file the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, where TikTok's American operations are based, a person familiar with the company’s plans told NPR on Monday.

According to NPR, the lawsuit will argue that President Trump's action is unconstitutional because it failed to give the company a chance to respond. It will also allege that the administration's national security justification for the order is baseless. 

Under the president's executive order issued last Thursday evening, “any transaction” between a U.S. citizen and TikTok's Beijing-based parent company will be outlawed in 45 days for national security reasons.

TikTok officials see the executive order as essentially a pressure campaign, a way of forcing an American company to move quickly to acquire the app's U.S. assets.

Under the president's executive order issued last Thursday evening, “any transaction” between a U.S. citizen and TikTok's Beijing-based parent company will be outlawed in 45 days for national security reasons.

TikTok officials see the executive order as essentially a pressure campaign, a way of forcing an American company to move quickly to acquire the app's U.S. assets.

Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report has reportedly been talking to ByteDance about buying TikTok, though the discussions have been put on hold for now. Twitter (TWTR) - Get Report also is reportedly in talks to purchase the video-app company.

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