TikTok on Tuesday asked a Washington court to prevent an order from US President Donald Trump’s administration from going into effect this week as the White House attempts to ban the Chinese-owned app in the US.
Chinese company ByteDance faces a deadline on Thursday to restructure ownership of the app in the US and address US security concerns.
In its judicial petition, TikTok asked for more time and said it had not received enough feedback on its proposed solution.
The company said in a statement that it had asked the government for a 30-day extension because it was “constantly exposed to new inquiries and lack of clarity as to whether our proposed solutions would be accepted” but had not been granted.
For this reason, it turned to the court, it said.
US President Donald Trump signed a series of orders against the video platform this summer.
ByteDance had to sell its US TikTok operations within 90 days, citing national security concerns.
The company was also faced with an order effectively banning the app from the country at the same time.
On October 30th, a Pennsylvania judge issued a restraining order temporarily blocking the prohibition order.
The contract would have taken the Chinese video sharing app offline by cutting it off from US companies providing website hosting, data storage, and other essentials needed to operate.
Trump has accused the popular video-sharing app of handing over American user data to Beijing – which the company flatly denies.
After negotiations with several US companies, ByteDance and TikTok proposed to found a new company with the IT company Oracle as a technology partner and the retail giant Walmart as a business partner.
The plan seemed to convince the administration, but the platform is still waiting for the green light.
TikTok said that, with the deadline coming up on Thursday and with no extension, we have no choice but to file a motion in court to defend our rights and those of our 1,500+ employees in the US.
TikTok has 100 million users in the United States.
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