Several TikTok creators file lawsuit to block \”sell or ban\” bill

Several TikTok creators filed a lawsuit in the U.S. federal court on Tuesday (14th), seeking to prevent President Biden from signing the TikTok \”Sell or Ban\” bill, arguing that the new law violates their First Amendment rights.

Several TikTok creators filed a lawsuit in the U.S. federal court on Tuesday (14th) seeking to prevent President Biden from signing the TikTok \”Sell or Ban\” bill, arguing that the new law violates their First Amendment rights.
The lawsuit, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, said the new bill would force TikTok, used by 170 million Americans, to be stripped or banned and that the short-video app \”has had a profound impact on American life.\”
The 33-page complaint, first reported by The Washington Post a week after TikTok also filed suit against the federal government, also cited concerns over constitutional guarantees of free speech.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, which represents these creators, mainly handles commercial litigation cases. According to a copy of the lawsuit provided by the company to the media, 8 unrelated creators with different identities filed this lawsuit.
The lawsuit reads: “Although they come from different places, different professions, different industries, and different political beliefs, they all agree that TikTok provides them with a unique and irreplaceable means of expressing themselves and building community.
The complaint states that \”since TikTok currently has approximately 170 million users in the United States, the fine for continuing to use TikTok will reach approximately $850 billion.\”
The author believes that insofar as the U.S. government claims that the bill is needed to protect Americans\’ data, \”these concerns are speculative, and even if not so, they can be addressed through more narrowly defined legislation to deal with any so-called \’concerns.\’\”
The lawsuit also seeks an injunction, arguing that the new law\’s potential to ban a communications medium that has become a part of American life is a threat to free speech.
A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice defending the bill said, \”This legislation addresses critical national security concerns in a manner consistent with the First Amendment and other constitutional restrictions.
We look forward to defending the legislation in court.
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