Challenges to TikTok Ban Will be Heard by U.S. Court

( – A United States appeals court is set to consider the legal challenges set forth by a new law that would require China-based Bytedance to sell TikTok or face a ban on the social media platform.

The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ordered the case, which is a set of oral arguments, in September after a group of TikTok creators joined with the Justice Department asking for the court to quickly schedule a hearing.

The group of TikTok creators filed a lawsuit that would block the law to ban the app, saying that it had “a profound effect on American life.” Under the appeals court, the creators, TikTok, and Bytedance must submit all their legal briefs by June 20 and the Justice Department by July 26.

TikTok has said that with a fast-track schedule, they believe the legal challenges can be resolved without any issues and without needing relief. TikTok and the Justice Department have both sought out a ruling by the Supreme Court by December 6 if needed.

The law, which Joe Biden signed, gives TikTok until January 19 to sell the social media platform to an American-owned company or face a ban. The White House has said they want to see Chinese-based ownership ended on national security grounds, but not necessarily a ban on the TikTok app.

The law would prohibit app stores from offering TikTok and will bar internet hosting services from supporting it until Bytedance divests the social app. The issue here is that many officials have spoken out about potential security breaches that could occur because of China’s ability to collect data from Americans through the app.

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