'We Aren't Going Anywhere': TikTok CEO Vows to Fight TikTok Ban in Court

Chris Menahan
Apr. 24, 2024

TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew on Wednesday vowed to challenge the US government's "unconstitutional" TikTok ban in court and told users to "rest assured, we aren't going anywhere."

From Reuters:
"Rest assured - we aren't going anywhere," CEO Shou Zi Chew said in a video posted moments after Biden signed the bill that gives China-based ByteDance 270 days to divest TikTok's U.S. assets or face a ban. "The facts and the Constitution are on our side and we expect to prevail again."

Biden's signing sets a Jan. 19 deadline for a sale - one day before his term is set to expire - but he could extend the deadline by three months if he determines ByteDance is making progress. Biden is seeking a second term against former President Donald Trump.

[...] If ByteDance failed to divest TikTok, app stores operated by Apple, Alphabet's (GOOGL.O), opens new tab Google and others could not legally offer TikTok or provide Web hosting services to ByteDance-controlled applications or TikTok's website.

The bill would also give the White House new tools to ban or force the sale of other foreign-owned apps it deems to be security threats.
This is why they want to ban TikTok:

Our sold-out Congress is going along with it but it remains to be seen if the courts will too.

If the TikTok ban does go through, you can guarantee a ban on Telegram will come next under the exact same law.

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