TikTok CEO vows to use legal action to stay online in the United States

 April 25, 2024

A potential complete ban of the mega-popular social sharing app TikTok has generated quite the controversy. 

The ban, which was contained in a new law signed by President Joe Biden, with a nine-month delay, was immediately contested by the company. Its CEO, Shou Chew, vowed to fight in court to keep TikTok online in the United States if necessary.

According to NBC News, Chew posted a video to TikTok's primary corporate account, vowing to do whatever it takes to stay online in the United States.

The nine-month delay was meant to give TikTok time to be sold to an American company, though it's unclear if that's even a possibility.

What did he say?

Chew's message in the video posted to TikTok was clear: "Rest assured, we aren't going anywhere," he said.

The TikTok CEO added, "We are confident and we will keep fighting for your rights in the courts. The facts and the Constitution are on our side, and we expect to prevail."

It's not TikTok's first time potentially being involved in the U.S. legal system, as it successfully fended off previous attempts at banning under former President Donald Trump's administration.

NBC News noted:

In November, a different federal judge blocked a law in Montana that threatened to ban TikTok statewide. The judge ruled in favor of five content creators who had sued. He said that the law "oversteps state power and infringes on the constitutional rights of users."

The app came under scrutiny last year due to privacy concerns for Americans' data as its parent company, ByteDance, is reportedly a CCP-linked organization.

Mixed reactions

Social media users left tens of thousands of comments on Chew's video, expressing different viewpoints on whether or not TikTok should be banned in America or not.

"We all know why TikTok is being targeted, and it has nothing to do with the Chinese government," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "What’s wrong with freedom of expression? Why is that a danger?"

Only time will tell if TikTok ends up in the court system later this year.

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