On August 6, the U.S. President Donald Trump released an executive order asking TikTok to sell its operations to a U.S. firm within the given 45 days limit else the video-sharing social-networking app will be banned in the country.
Trump called the Chinese-owned apps such as TikTok and WeChat “significant threats” to the country’s security.
With not much time to search and analyze tech companies to sell their app to, TikTok recently approached the online-streaming giant Netflix to buy its U.S. ventures. Netflix, however, has clarified that they possess no interest in owning the app.
On the other hand, Google Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai denied the rumors too. During an interview, Pichai was asked about their plans on buying TikTok to which Pichai replied, “We are not.”
The declaration of an executive order against the app compelled TikTok to file a suit against the Trump administration. TikTok sued the administration on Monday in federal court in the Central District of California.
A blog post by TikTok read, “The Executive Order issued by the Administration on August 6, 2020, has the potential to strip the rights of that community without any evidence to justify such an extreme action, and without any due process.
We strongly disagree with the Administration’s position that TikTok is a national security threat and we have articulated these objections previously.
Now is the time for us to act. We do not take suing the government lightly, however, we feel we have no choice but to take action to protect our rights and the rights of our community and employees.”
As of now, Microsoft has been in front lines for purchasing the app. Twitter has approached the company for a potential deal.