TikTok Threatens Legal Action Over Trump Ban

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2020-08-07 HKT 17:15

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  • The social media firm says it plans to take legal action in US courts against Donald Trump's executive order. File photo: Reuters

    The social media firm says it plans to take legal action in US courts against Donald Trump's executive order. File photo: Reuters

Video-sharing app TikTok on Friday threatened to take legal action in US courts against Donald Trump's executive order banning anyone under US jurisdiction from doing business with the company's owner ByteDance.

"We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly – if not by the Administration, then by the US courts," TikTok said in a statement.

This comes as Beijing accused the United States of "suppression" after President Donald Trump ordered sweeping restrictions against TikTok and WeChat.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a regular press briefing that the US move came at the expense of American users and companies.

Wang said "the US frequently abuses its national power and unjustifiably suppresses non-US companies".

"At the expense of the rights and interests of US users and companies, the US... is carrying out arbitrary political manipulation and suppression," he added. (AFP)