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TikTok sues U.S. government

TikTok filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government to prevent the ban or selling of the Chinese-owned social media app.

On Tuesday, May 7th, TikTok filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government’s ban that would require the Chinese company ByteDance to either sell TikTok to a government-approved company or face a national ban that would take effect in 2025.

“The lawsuit, which was filed with a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., claims that the U.S. government is violating TikTok’s First Amendment Rights,” says Katie Mather on Yahoo News. “As well as “silencing the 170 million Americans who use the platform to communicate in ways that cannot be replicated elsewhere.”

TikTok claims that the government is not standing by its amendment and is abridging the freedom of speech and individual liberty. TikTok is a place where people go to be themselves, talk about what they believe in, and watch what they find entertaining, taking this away will be against their rights.

“For the first time in history, Congress has enacted a law that subjects a single, named speech platform to a permanent, nationwide ban, and bars every American from participating in a unique online community with more than 1 billion people worldwide,” says the lawsuit that was filed according to the same Yahoo News article.

TikTok claims that this ban is not fair since there has never been another social media platform that has been threatened to be permanently banned nationwide. TikTok also claims that the only reason TikTok is being banned is that it is owned by a Chinese-company and there is not enough evidence to prove that the app is in any way a threat to the United States’ national security.

The United States government is trying to get TikTok banned and TikTok is not going down without a fight. Government officials will now have to provide more evidence and publicly prove why the TikTok ban is justifiable and the right thing to do.

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