TikTok files complaint against Trump administration to try to block US ban

WASHINGTON: Popular video-sharing app TikTok has asked a US judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing a ban on the Chinese social media network, according to court documents filed late on Friday (Sep 18).

TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance, filed a complaint in a Washington federal court challenging the recent prohibitory moves by the Trump administration.

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The US Commerce Department issued an ban on Friday blocking people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and TikTok starting Sep 20.

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The ban was being introduced for political reasons, TikTok and ByteDance alleged in their complaint. TikTok also said the ban would violate the company's First Amendment rights.

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US President Donald Trump, who has been locked in a long-running trade dispute with China, issued an executive order on Aug 6 that prohibited US transactions with the Chinese owners of messaging app WeChat and TikTok.

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