ByteDance challenged in court the decision to ban TikTok in the US

The Chinese company ByteDance, which owns the TikTok service, appealed to a Washington court to block the decision of the administration of US President Donald Trump to ban the app on the territory of the country, Bloomberg reports.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday evening. The company claims that by his actions regarding the app, Trump exceeded his authority and did so for political reasons and not to prevent an “extraordinary and extraordinary threat” to the country. The ban also violates the right to free speech, which is guaranteed by the first amendment to the US Constitution, according to the document.

According to the complaint, Trump’s actions could “destroy the online community where millions of Americans have gathered to express themselves.” The company noted that the authorities “ignored evidence” showing that TikTok fulfills its obligations to ensure the security and protection of American users ‘ data.

Earlier on Friday, the US authorities announced a ban on downloading Chinese apps TikTok and WeChat from September 20 and on their use from November 12. At the same time, the Department of Commerce noted that US President Donald Trump gave TikTok until November 12 to fix the problem related to national security. If these problems are resolved, the ban on TikTok can be lifted.

The US administration accuses TikTok of allowing the app to transmit American data to Chinese authorities. Its owner, ByteDance, denies this. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump in August signed executive orders “on combating the threat of TikTok” and “on combating the threat of WeChat,” in which he gave about a month to stop any transactions with ByteDance in the US jurisdiction.