TikTok challenges Biden administration on prospective US ban

TikTok is fighting the Biden administration’s new legislation forcing the sale or ban of the app, as they highlight the First Amendment in a new legal filing.

Brief filed Thursday (20 June) TIC Toc And this effort by a group of eight creators is a last-ditch effort by the company to stop the ban from being implemented.

“Never before has Congress specifically singled out and shut down a particular speech forum,” they argue.

“The First Amendment requires this Court to examine this type of extraordinary speech restriction with the utmost care and the most exacting scrutiny.”

For the first time, the text of the nearly 100-page draft agreement presented by the company to the government in August 2022 has been shared. It was proposed in the hope of resolving the company’s initial concerns.

The Biden administration rejected the proposal, saying it was insufficient to address concerns.

Who owns TikTok’s parent company ByteDance?

TikTok’s Chinese parent company, Bytedance Ownership is split.

The Chinese founders own 20% of the firm’s shares. About 60% of shares are held by institutional investors, including major U.S. investment firms, and its employees around the world hold the remaining 20%. Three of ByteDance’s five board members are Americans, the company says.

Thursday’s move by TikTok The suit is the latest in an ongoing case that could determine the future of the short-form video app used by 170 million Americans.

The company has said in its documents that this act not only puts a burden on speaking out but also silences millions of users.

TikTok reiterates again that it does not think divestment is possible

In a law signed by President Joe Biden in April, TikTok’s Chinese-owned Parent company ByteDance They were told they must divest or be banned, but they say divestment is not possible, especially not by the January 2025 deadline.

“Even if divestment were possible, TikTok in the United States would be reduced to a shell of its former self, stripped of the innovative and expressive technology that creates content for individual users.

“It would also become an island, preventing Americans from exchanging ideas with the global TikTok community.”

featured image: Through ideograms