TikTok creators sue to block law forcing divestment or ban

A group of TikTok creators announced Tuesday that they have filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court seeking to block a bill signed by President Biden that would force them to sell or ban the short video app used by 170 million Americans. He said the bill “has a significant impact.” About American life. ”

TikTok users are being sued by a Texas Marine veteran who sells farm products, a Tennessee woman who sells cookies and discusses parenting, and a North Dakota university who produces sports commentary videos. Coach, North Carolina college graduates advocating for sexual rights. -Survivors of the raid.

“Despite their different origins, professions, occupations, and political beliefs, they are united in the belief that TikTok offers a unique and irreplaceable avenue to express themselves and form community. ,” the lawsuit states.

A lawsuit filed by TikTok creators says the app is having a “significant impact on the lives of Americans.” AP

Davis Wright Tremaine, the law firm representing the producers, provided Reuters with a copy of the lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The White House declined to comment. A Justice Department spokesperson said the TikTok law “addresses serious national security concerns consistent with the First Amendment and other constitutional restrictions.” We look forward to defending this bill in court. ”

The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief, saying the law threatens free speech and “promises to shut down a separate medium of communication that is part of American life.”

Last week, TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance filed a similar lawsuit, alleging that the law violates the U.S. Constitution for a variety of reasons, including violating First Amendment free speech protections. .

TikTok creators filed a similar lawsuit in 2020 to block previous attempts to block the app under then-President Donald Trump, and last year a court in Montana also sought a state ban. A lawsuit was filed to stop it. In both cases, the court blocked the ban.

Last week, TikTok and its Chinese parent company ByteDance filed a similar lawsuit alleging the law violates the U.S. Constitution on a variety of grounds. AP

The law, signed by Biden on April 24, gives ByteDance until January 19 to sell TikTok or face a ban. The White House has said it wants to end China-based ownership on national security grounds, but does not want to ban TikTok.

The law prohibits app stores such as Apple and Alphabet Inc.’s Google from offering TikTok, and prohibits internet hosting services from supporting TikTok unless ByteDance sells TikTok.

As much as the government claims the law is necessary to protect Americans’ data, the lawsuit says, “the government has tried that strategy before and lost.” “The concerns are speculative and, even if they were not, could be addressed by legislation more closely tailored to the intended concerns,” the complaint states.

TikTok’s lawsuit said last week that a sale is “absolutely impossible. Commercially, technically and legally…there is no question. will be forced to close.”

The law, signed by Biden on April 24, gives ByteDance until January 19 to sell TikTok or face a ban. AFP (via Getty Images)

Driven by concerns from U.S. lawmakers that China could access Americans’ data or use the app to spy on Americans, the bill passed overwhelmingly in Congress just weeks after its introduction. It was passed by a majority.

The four-year battle over TikTok has become a key front in the U.S.-China conflict over the internet and technology. Apple announced in April that China had ordered Meta Platform’s WhatsApp and Threads to be removed from China’s App Store, citing China’s national security concerns.

Biden could extend the Jan. 19 deadline by three months if he deems ByteDance is making progress.