ByteDance defies Trump’s order to pull Tik Tok

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ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns the video-sharing app TikTok, has filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals to challenge the Trump administration’s order due to take effect on Thursday, demanding it withdraw TikTok.

On August 14, President Donald Trump ordered ByteDance to withdraw the app within 90 days.

The Trump administration claims that TikTok raises national security concerns, as the Chinese government can obtain the personal data of American users.

TikTok, which has more than 100 million users in the United States, denies the allegations.

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In the petition filed with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, BiteDance said that it is seeking a court review of the divestment order, claiming that the order and the conclusion reached by a US agency that TikTok represented a security threat that was illegal and a violation of rights under the US Constitution.

ByteDance said: It is requesting a 30-day extension of the divestment order, so it can finalize the terms of the new deal with Walmart and Oracle to transfer US TikTok assets to a new entity.

In a statement, she wrote: In the face of ongoing new requests and lack of clarity about the acceptance of our proposed solutions, we have requested a 30-day extension, and we have no choice but to petition in court in defense of our rights as the November 12 deadline approaches, and without the extension.

In the court file, ByteDance said: It has submitted a proposal that addresses the concerns of the United States by creating a new entity wholly owned by Walmart, Oracle and the existing US investors in ByteDance, whereby this entity will be responsible for dealing with US TikTok user data.

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The petition includes the names of Trump, the attorney general, the treasury secretary, and the United States’ Commission on Foreign Investment (CFIUS), the interagency committee that reviews certain transactions involving foreign investment on national security concerns.

The petition says: CFIUS actions and Trump’s order seek to force ByteDance to sell Tik Tok in full.

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