The TikTokkers strike back
Word on the street is that TikTok intends to sue the Donald Trump regime after the prez moved to ban the app in the USA. The lawsuit is spearheaded by TikTok’s US employees who are certainly covert agents of Red China. Maoists the lot of them. They want to steal your data and your freedom and, most importantly, your precious bodily fluids. Therefore, drink only pure grain alcohol and rain water, and sleep only in adjustable beds Australia.
Trump dropped the ban hammer just last week via executive order, asserting that TikTok represents a grave threat to US national security. He says the app rakes in user data and then zips it on over to the commies in Beijing, which TikTok of course denies.
Here’s what Trump’s people wrote in the order:
“TikTok automatically gathers vast swaths of information from its users, including internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search history. This data threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) access to Americans’ personal and propietrary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information and blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”
Details of the ban are lacking, but it is supposed to go into effect next month. The app’s US workers are miffed because they see the ban as an attack on their livelihoods. There are reportedly about 1500 of them.
Mike Godwin, the attorney representing the employees, said they “correctly recognize that their jobs are in danger and their payment is in danger right now.”
There are actually two lawsuits, according to the New York Post—one filed by the US employees and one by ByteDance, the communist company that owns TikTok. However, both make the same core argument, namely that Trump’s proposed ban is “unconstitutional.”
Microsoft is currently trying to purchase the app to prevent Trump’s ban.
TikTok is already banned on federal government issued devices in the US, meaning members of the US Congress and their staff cannot use it. The other day the governor of the state of Nebraska announced that the same policy would go into effect for state issued devices.
“The Chinese government has long engaged in systematic, covert efforts to access sensitive data from U.S. governments, companies, and individuals,” Gov. Pete Ricketts said. “As an app owned by a company based in China, TikTok is legally obligated to provide data from its users to the country’s communist regime upon request.”