China-based app TikTok looks to challenge President Donald Trump’s order outlawing its usage in the United States.
Trump’s executive order, issued Aug. 14, gave TikTok owner ByteDance 90 days to shed the U.S. operations of TikTok. Microsoft has shown interest in acquiring it, as has software giant Oracle.
TikTok is best known as an app wildly popular with young people who create short videos, usually with humour, music and dancing.
Trump’s concern over TikTok is that its owners get the same sort of personal data mined by Facebook and Google (including age, location and preferences) and that if the Chinese government asked for it, it would be forced to turn it over.
TikTok’s legal challenge will focus on an earlier Aug. 6 executive order, according to a report by CNBC. In which U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross was ordered to “come up with a list of transactions involving ByteDance and its holdings that should be banned after 45 days.”