Chinese-owned TikTok sued the U.S. government in federal court Monday, saying that it protects its users’ data and challenging President Trump’s executive order that would effectively ban the video-sharing app if it doesn’t find an American buyer for its U.S. operations.
In the lawsuit, filed in federal court for the Central District of California, TikTok lawyers said that the company has “taken extraordinary measures to protect the privacy and security of TikTok’s U.S. user data” and that it has explained those efforts to the federal government during a recent national security review.
“By banning TikTok with no notice or opportunity to be heard (whether before or after the fact), the executive order violates the due process protections of the Fifth Amendment,” the complaint says.
U.S. officials say they are concerned that TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Ltd., could pass on data it collects from Americans streaming videos to China’s authoritarian government. TikTok has said it hasn’t been asked to share data with the Chinese government and wouldn’t do so if asked.
TikTok’s platform, filled with goofy user-made dance and music videos, has been downloaded more than 180 million times in the U.S., according to market research firm Sensor Tower.