Just before President Donald Trump’s November 12th to find a new owner for TikTok, parent company ByteDance went to the federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday asking for intervention in the forced sale of the popular social media app.
The short-form video app, which has amassed more than 100 million U.S. users, was targeted by President Trump for national security reasons and faced Trump’s executive order calling for its ban if it does not find new owners on time.
Despite the search for new owners at Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc., TikToK now faces uncertainty as Trump’s date approaches.
In a statement, TikTok said it has “actively worked with CFIUS (Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States) in good faith to address its national security concerns, even though we disagree with its assessment.” According to Bloomberg, TikTok requested a 30-day extension and turned to the appeals court to “defend our rights and those of our 1,500+ employees in the United States.”
The route to the appeals court is not ByteDance’s only attempt to hold up Trump’s executive order. In September, a federal judge hit the pause button on the president’s ban just weeks after Trump signed the TikTok, Oracle and Walmart partnership, noting that he had given his “blessing” to the deal.
In August, the app even filed a lawsuit against the president and his administration for failing to comply with due process.