TikTok Ban Update


Liz Wilbur, Writer


TikTok is a short-loop, video-sharing app that allows people to create and share videos, on any category. You can follow an interest or even a hashtag in anything, from celebrities, to pets, to dances, like viral dance the Renegade. But, President Trump wanted to ban TikTok for being owned by a Chinese Company, he is also worried about the personal data being taken through the app. 

A week ago, on August 24th, Tik Tok filed for a federal lawsuit against President Trump’s administration. This lawsuit is arguing that the President’s executive order, against the Chinese app, is unconstitutional and shouldn’t be banned. According to NPR ¨in its lawsuit, TikTok said it has taken “extraordinary measures” to protect the privacy of more than 100 million U.S. citizens who use Tik Tok by storing their data outside China in Virginia, with backup in Singapore, as well as building “software barriers” to ensure data that TikTok harvests stays separate from ByteDance.¨ Also, according to Tik Toks lawsuit, “The executive order seeks to ban TikTok purportedly because of the speculative possibility that the application could be manipulated by the Chinese government.” 

On top of this, a Tik Tok employee Patrick Ryan filed for a separate lawsuit against Trump’s executive order. He thinks that the order caused violations of the equal protection of the law.  Ryan is also worried about the pay of 1,500 US employees that are threatened by the executive order. TikTok employees “have families to feed, rents and mortgages to pay and health care to manage,” according to the suit.

“The U.S. employees of TikTok are pawns in a political spitting match between China and President Trump, who has decided to make ‘Tough on China’ a central theme of his” re-election campaign,” said Mr. Ryan. 


President Trump has yet to respond to these legal challenges.