Danish Kapoor
Danish Kapoor

TikTok objected to the US law threatening a ban

TikTok's presence in the US was in jeopardy after US President Joe Biden signed the Protecting Americans from Foreign Enemies-Controlled Apps Act. ByteDance, the umbrella company of the social media platform, made the expected objection to this ban. ByteDance appealed to the court, stating that the possible TikTok ban was unconstitutional.

ByteDance filed a 65-page petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The company argues that a nationwide ban would violate users' First Amendment rights.

“For the first time in history, Congress has enacted a law that permanently bans a single named speech platform nationwide and prohibits every American from participating in a unique online community of more than 1 billion people worldwide,” the company's petition reads.

The Protecting Americans from Foreign Enemies-Controlled Apps Act requires ByteDance to divest its ownership stake in TikTok and sell it to a non-Chinese company within 9 to 12 months or face a ban in the United States.

This legislation was included as part of a massive $95 billion foreign aid package. The issue stems from concerns about ByteDance's connection to China and the possibility of the app being used to spread propaganda and collect data from US users.

The company denied these allegations in the lawsuit, stating: “Congress has proposed nothing suggesting that the TikTok platform poses risks to data security or the spread of foreign propaganda that could reasonably justify action. It is unfortunate that the House of Representatives is using the mask of significant foreign and humanitarian aid to once again block a ban bill that would trample the free speech of 170 million Americans, devastate 7 million businesses, and shut down a platform that contributes $24. TikTok brings billions of dollars to the US economy every year.

ByteDance: TikTok ban is not possible in any respect

The petition also underlines that this law is not possible from a “technological, commercial or legal” perspective.

It looks like ByteDance will try all avenues before considering divesting TikTok. In a previous news report, sources stated that if the company does not win the court, it will comply with the decision on TikTok, but will not agree to the sale.

Danish Kapoor