The administration of US President Donald Trump has insisted on the need to ban TikTok over national security concerns during a new court filing ahead of a plan to make the video app unavailable on November 12.
The filing comes as the court examines the legality of the administration’s attempt to make the Chinese-owned app unavailable in the United States, where it has 100 million users.
“The president should not be prevented from regulating threats to national security simply because a foreign adversary conceals his activities within a media company”, indicates the file filed Friday in a federal court in Washington.
The Trump administration seeks to persuade the judge in the case to allow him to go ahead with restrictions on the video-sharing app, which it claims has ties to the Chinese government through her company mother ByteDance.
In September, a temporary injunction prevented the government from removing TikTok from mobile app download platforms.
This Trump administration order sought to ban new downloads of the app but would continue to allow use of TikTok until November 12, when all use would be blocked.
The then judge rejected TikTok’s request to suspend the November 12 ban, but the court has yet to consider the merits of the legal arguments on whether the social platform should stay. available to Americans.
TikTok has repeatedly defended itself against allegations of data transfers to the Chinese government.
It says its servers where user information is stored are located in the United States and Singapore.
The company also said the ban was not necessary as negotiations are underway to restructure TikTok ownership in order to address national security concerns raised by the administration.
A tentative agreement has been unveiled that would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the technology partner of TikTok and a stake in a new entity called TikTok Global.
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