Facebook is launching a new app for Instagram called Reels. The app is almost identical to popular social media app TikTok.
TikTok, the video-sharing app, is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration after the president issued an executive order banning the service from the United States.
According to NPR, TikTok will file the federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California early next week, as soon as Tuesday.
NPR cited an anonymous source “directly involved in the forthcoming suit.” TikTok declined to comment when USA TODAY asked for confirmation of the report.
In a statement from Friday, the company said it was “shocked by the recent Executive Order, which was issued without any due process.”
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President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Thursday blocking all U.S. transactions with TikTok’s Chinese parent corporation, ByteDance, the latest move by the administration to force the video-sharing app to sever its ties to Beijing.
Trump’s order says TikTok “automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories.”
On Friday, TikTok claimed the government’s concerns aren’t substantiated since it doesn’t share user data with the Chinese government.
“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 U.S. courts,” TikTok said.
The company addressed the privacy concerns outlined in the executive order saying: “The text of the decision makes it plain that there has been a reliance on unnamed ‘reports’ with no citations, fears that the app ‘may be’ used for misinformation campaigns with no substantiation of such fears, and concerns about the collection of data that is industry standard for thousands of mobile apps around the world.”
Before Trump said he would would sign an executive order banning the operation of TikTok in the U.S., Microsoft said it was negotiating a purchase of the U.S. operations.
Contributing: Dalvin Brown, Savannah Behrmann, Courtney Subramanian, David Jackson and Jefferson Graham.
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