TikTok fights potential app store ban by suing U.S. government

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has moved forward with its promise to sue the U.S. Government over a recently-enacted law that bans the app from being offered in American app stores unless TikTok is divested to a U.S.-based company. In a complaint filed in federal court on Wednesday, ByteDance it cannot simply hand over TikTok to an American company, and warned that the service would effectively have to shut down in the U.S. by next January because of the law. “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,” attorneys for ByteDance argued in their complaint. Is TikTok a security risk? Image: KnowTechie President Biden signed the so-called “TikTok ban” into law last month after the measure was rolled into an appropriations bill intended to direct funding to military aide initiatives in Ukraine and Israel. The fast-tracked bill was the latest attempt by federal lawmakers to target TikTok and ByteDance over perceived security issues involving how the app collects, stores and shares data from American users with foreign officials, including the Chinese government. ByteDance is based in China.  ByteDance argues that U.S. officials haven’t shown any proof that TikTok’s data collection poses a security risk “Even the statements by individual Members of Congress and a congressional committee report merely indicate concern about the hypothetical possibility that TikTok could be…TikTok fights potential app store ban by suing U.S. government

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