TikTok U.S. employees will sue the U.S. government this week
Patrick Ryan, TikTok America’s technical project manager, will file a lawsuit on behalf of employees. He stated that the litigation will focus on the due process rights stipulated in the U.S. Constitution, and that the U.S. President has no right to "determine whether a company can operate in the United States on a whim."
"The last sunny corner of the Internet"-According to a report on the 18th by the British "Independent", the short video social platform TikTok America has launched a new website to refute the slander of the US government.
The homepage of the site stated that "rumors and misinformation about TikTok are flooding in Washington and some media, let us correct these misconceptions." TikTok emphasized that the application is not available in China and has never provided any US user data to the Chinese government. Any suggestion to the contrary is unfounded and obviously wrong. The company also said that user data is stored in Virginia and backed up in Singapore, and there are measures to protect user privacy. The website also quoted a recent report from The New York Times that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) found no evidence that Chinese intelligence agencies used TikTok to intercept American Internet users’ data.
In the context of trade and political tensions between China and the United States, Trump signed an executive order on August 8, prohibiting U.S. companies or individuals from conducting transactions related to ByteDance and Tencent’s WeChat in 6 days, and requested ByteDance Beating sells TikTok's US business. Subsequently, an administrative order was signed on August 45 requiring ByteDance to divest TikTok's U.S. business within 8 days.
According to a report by the US "Capitol Hill" on the 18th, TikTok American employees are ready to file a lawsuit against TikTok's transaction ban. Its attorney and well-known rights lawyer Godwin of the Blackstone Legal Group said that they will file a complaint later this week. The federal court filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump’s injunction was an administrative ultra vires and would damage the constitutional rights of TikTok US employees, including the right to receive remuneration. The attorneys represent that they are considering litigation in the Southern District of New York, Northern California or Washington, DC.
According to reports, Patrick Ryan, technical project manager of TikTok America, will file a lawsuit on behalf of employees. He stated that the litigation will focus on the due process rights stipulated in the U.S. Constitution, and the U.S. President has no right to "determine whether a company can operate in the United States on a whim." He said that if Trump's ban takes effect next month, TikTok and its parent company ByteDance's approximately 1500 employees in the United States are at risk of not being paid. The report also mentioned that Ryan has launched a fundraising campaign on the crowdfunding platform to hire lawyers to challenge the US government. Ryan wrote on the fundraising interface: "Please help TikTok employees fight to keep their salary."
Since Microsoft announced in early August that it was negotiating with ByteDance to acquire TikTok's American and other multinational businesses, many companies have been exploded with intentions to join the bidding team. The latest report claims that American technology company Oracle also intends to acquire TikTok business. According to a report on the US CNBC website on the 8th, Trump said on the 19th about this rumor: "Oracle is a great company. I think Oracle can definitely handle it (referring to take over TikTok's American business)." Trump went on Said, "I think whether it is Microsoft wanting (to acquire TikTok), Oracle, or other people... (no matter who), they have to make the United States get a good compensation, because we (the US government) make the acquisition of TikTok a may".
China has repeatedly stated its position on TikTok. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on the 17th that TikTok almost met all the requirements of the United States, but it still could not escape the ingenuity of some people in the United States out of gangster logic and political self-interest. Some American politicians insisted on making things out of nothing, arranging crimes, and putting TikTok to death. We urge the US to immediately correct its mistakes, stop slandering and discredit China, and stop unreasonably suppressing enterprises in other countries.