Popular video-sharing app TikTok, its future in limbo since President Donald Trump tried to shut it down earlier this fall, asks federal court to intervene
Chinese TikTok owner ByteDance has until Thursday to sell its business in the United States under an executive order Trump signed in August.
In September, Trump gave his interim blessing to a ByteDance proposal to address U.S. national security concerns by placing TikTok under the surveillance of U.S. companies Oracle and Walmart, each of which also has a financial stake in the business. . But TikTok said this week that it had received “no clarity” from the US government as to whether its proposals were accepted.
The deal was subject to a national security review by the Interagency Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, or CFIUS, which is headed by the Treasury Department. The department “remains focused” on resolving alleged national security risks posed by TikTok, a Treasury spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday evening.
“With the Nov. 12 deadline for CFIUS looming and no extension in hand, we have no choice but to file a petition in court to defend our rights and those of our more than 1,500 employees in the United States. United, “TikTok said in a written statement on Tuesday. .
Trump has raised concerns that the Chinese government could spy on TikTok users if the app remains under Chinese ownership. TikTok has denied that it was a security threat, but said it is still trying to work with the administration to resolve its issues.
The legal challenge is “a safeguard to ensure that these discussions can take place,” the company said.
The Trump administration had previously sought to ban the app from smartphone app stores and deprive it of vital technical services, but federal judges have so far blocked those actions.
TikTok is now looking to the U.S. District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals to review Trump’s divestment order and the government’s national security review.