TikTok FILES FOR INJUNCTION OPPOSING TRUMP’S INTENDED BAN, AFTER CHINA, DISAPPROVED TikTok SALE
It’s evident the fight isn’t over yet as TikTok files a motion aimed to prevent the U.S. Commerce Department from going ahead on Trump’s intended ban on the short video app, regardless of the recent deal endorsed between the app’s parent company and Oracle. This comes after China declined from approving TikTok sale, irrespective of Oracle and Walmart claims over the app’s future ownership.
In view of this, its clear Beijing’s disapproval to endorse the “dirty” and “unfair” deal that will potentially allow Oracle and Walmart take over TikTok on the basis of “bullying and extortion”, slammed an editorial published by the Chinese Daily, according to Beijing’s official English-language newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party. Based on the editorial claim, it argued that the subject app’s success – a projected revenue of about $1 billion by the end of 2020 – “has apparently made Washington feel uneasy” and as such, prompted Washington to use “national security as the pretext to ban the short video sharing app”.
Trump’s intended ban could have been enforced on Sunday but was delayed by a week after the latest deal endorsed between ByteDance and Oracle. While the deal between the parties closes in the coming weeks, it will potentially face further delays, and as such, could provide ample opportunity for TikTok to argue its case with Trump’s administration.
Also to note is the latest move by the company (TikTok filing) which could be viewed as an aggressive approach that could stop Washington’s ban. Based on this, it’s important to note, following the new update implemented by China’s Ministry of Commerce that focuses on the country’s export control categories which cover AI technology of which is the anchor of the app’s parent company, including the subject app, ByteDance made it clear that it will “strictly follow” China’s new technology export rules and handle its “related export business” – a regulation that restricts the export of personalized recommendation and AI-powered interface technology. However, weighing up TikTok’s latest move, it’s evident China has something of its sleeves.
In TikTok’s latest filing, the company says that it has “made extraordinary efforts to try to satisfy the government’s ever-shifting demands and purported national security concerns, including through changes in the ownership and structure of [its] business, and [we] are continuing to do so”.
Noting that the damage of the ban could be significant while arguing that “hundreds of millions of Americans who have not yet downloaded TikTok will be shut out … six weeks before a national election”. In the same vein, the company argued that President Donald Trump and the Commerce Department exceeded its authority under existing legislation to enforce a ban.
This is just the latest at the moment. Should Trump win the U.S. national election! Cross-border apps and Chinese techs could face a series of hurdles in the U.S.
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