TikTok confirmed Saturday that it will file a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an executive order demanding parent company ByteDance divest its TikTok operations in the US.

It’s the first time the company has confirmed it will pursue legal action, a move that has been rumored for several weeks. Reports began surfacing Friday that a lawsuit was likely imminent.

“Even though we strongly disagree with the administration’s concerns, for nearly a year we have sought to engage in good faith to provide a constructive solution,” TikTok spokesman Josh Gartner said in a statement to The Verge. “What we encountered instead was a lack of due process as the administration paid no attention to facts and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses.”

To ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and users are treated fairly, we have no choice but to challenge the Executive Order through the judicial system.”

President Trump signed an executive order August 6th blocking all transactions with ByteDance in an effort to “address the national emergency with respect to the information and communication technology supply chain.” The order invoked the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, an unusual move that casts TikTok’s continued operation within the US as a national emergency.

The order was intended to take effect within 45 days. On August 14th, the president signed another executive order, this time giving ByteDance 90 days to sell or spin off TikTok in the US.


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