TikTok has asked a federal court to stop Donald Trump's ban of the social video app as it works to complete a deal that will meet government approval.
The motion for a preliminary injunction was filed Wednesday (Sept. 23) in Washington, D.C., after a suit came on Friday. (A similar case brought in California was concurrently dropped). The injunction bid comes as TikTok owner ByteDance faces a Sunday deadline to finalize an agreement with Oracle and Walmart that will allow it to keep operating in the United States. Separately, Chinese media outlets are reporting that its government might not sign off on the Oracle deal.
In its latest motion, TikTok argues that it has "made extraordinary efforts to try to satisfy the government's ever-shifting demands and purported national security concerns, including through changes in the ownership and structure of [its] business, and [it is] continuing to do so." TikTok contends that Trump has exceeded his presidential power in ordering the ban, which it says amounts to impermissible regulation of users' "personal communications" and was not "motivated by a genuine national security concern, but rather by political considerations relating to the upcoming general election."