TikTok Fights Back

(5MinNewsBreak.com)—In a communist attempt to repeal vital US legislation, China-owned social media platform TikTok has filed a lawsuit challenging a federal law recently enacted to mandate its disassociation from its parent company, ByteDance, which has ties to the Chinese Communist Party.

In April, President Biden endorsed this legislation, which mandates that ByteDance divest its interests in the popular video-sharing platform within 270 days to a buyer approved by the US.

If the company fails to divest in the allotted timeframe, TikTok will be prohibited from operating on American networks and from being available in online application stores.

The legal challenge was lodged at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday, National Review reports.

TikTok, a platform that garners the attention of 170 million American users monthly, could see an extension of the divestment deadline by up to 90 days if President Biden elects to do so.

Advocates of the legislation assert that it provides TikTok with the option to either sell or be deplatformed.

However, TikTok’s lawsuit counters this assertion, stating, “in reality, there is no choice.”

The lawsuit further contends that the conditions set by the law for a “qualified divestiture,” which would permit TikTok’s continued operation in the US, are unachievable—neither commercially, technologically, nor legally feasible within the 270-day timeline stipulated by the law.

According to the lawsuit, TikTok would be compelled to cease operations by January 19, 2025.

It also claims that the law infringes upon the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of expression, as interpreted by the Supreme Court to include the right to a free and open Internet.

The lawsuit points out that the law discriminates against TikTok by offering other social media companies alternatives to avoid prohibition.

“For Petitioners only, however, there is no statement of reasons and no supporting evidence, with any discussion of the justifications for a ban occurring only behind closed doors,” it states.

Despite utilizing a TikTok account for his 2024 reelection campaign, President Biden had committed to signing the bill.

The legislation also received backing from a bipartisan group of lawmakers aiming to sever the ties between TikTok and ByteDance.

Many Republicans have specifically accused the CPP of using the app as a tool to disseminate harmful content to Americans, notably targeting children and young adults.

“TikTok is the Chinese Communist Party’s way to feed America’s youth their propaganda and collect data on all TikTok users,” former Vice President Mike Pence stated as part of a $2 million advertising campaign to push a US Senate vote on the now-enacted law.

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