18 August 2020
TikTok makers have released statements after learning Trump has signed executive orders to ban their short-video making app in 45 days. TikTok said that it is in shock because the US government has issued orders without any due process.
TikTok is severely criticizing the US government for not considering its request and paying no attention to the facts it produced in front of them. TikTok says that the order has been passed without going through standard legal processes that the US government should have.
TikTok claims in its statements it has been adhering to the law and cooperative to the administration since the day the government has put some serious allegations on it and its work ethics.
In a recent post, TikTok stated,
We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process. For nearly a year, we have sought to engage with the US government in good faith to provide a constructive solution to the concerns that have been expressed. What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.
Its statement also bluntly stated that the report cited by the administrative order was "unknown or unproven." It also emphasized that it has "always had a sincere attitude" and "clearly expressed its willingness to negotiate a solution with the U.S. government."
While slamming the recent executive orders, TikTok also reiterated it had never shared user data with the Chinese government or censored content at its request. It also pointed out that the company has always offered transparency and a "level of accountability that no peer company has committed too."
TikTok is stressing and clearly trying to convince that it has always compliant with the rules made by the US government and assisted whenever it was required. And, in return, it also wanted some justice. TikTok’s immediate response to executive orders also hints at the possibility of legal action against the US government.
In its response to the executive order, TikTok also mentioned that it even expressed its willingness to pursue a full sale of the US business to an American company.
TikTok is currently in the process of trying to strike an acquisition deal with Microsoft that would allow the latter to acquire its US operations. However, a fresh report has claimed that Microsoft is planning to acquire the entire global business of TikTok, including the one in India for $50 million.
TikTok said it will "pursue all remedies available" to it in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our users and our company are treated fairly.