TikTok has distributed a statement on the White House’s plan to ban its worldwide app, saying it was “shocked” by the executive order and the executive order and that it will respond in court, if necessary. The order issued on Thursday by President Trump means that TikTok could possibly shut down in the US in 45 days if nothing is done.
“We are shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process,” the company said in the statement. “We will pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure that the rule of law is not discarded and that our company and our users are treated fairly — if not by the Administration, then by the US courts.”
Moreover, TikTok countered that its attempts to address those concerns were stymied by the government. “What we encountered instead was that the Administration paid no attention to facts, dictated terms of an agreement without going through standard legal processes, and tried to insert itself into negotiations between private businesses,” it said. The letter was directed to Trump’s comments about Microsoft’s idea of purchasing TikTok.
The company restated that TikTok has never distributed user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at its request. It also said it’s one of the few social media companies to make its moderation guidelines and algorithm source code available to the public, and noted that it even offered to sell its US business to an American company.
We have made clear that TikTok has never shared user data with the Chinese government, nor censored content at its request. In fact, we make our moderation guidelines and algorithm source code available in our Transparency Center, which is a level of accountability no peer company has committed to. We even expressed our willingness to pursue a full sale of the US business to an American company.