TikTok Sues to Block U.S. Ban

Chinese-controlled app claims new federal law violates the First Amendment and unlawfully singles out the company for punishment. TikTok filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging the constitutionality of a new law that requires a sale or ban of the popular social media app, setting up a court showdown over national security and free speech in the age of global information wars.

The suit filed directly with a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., seeks a court order preventing the U.S. from enforcing the bipartisan law signed by President Biden last month. The measure bans TikTok in the U.S. unless its parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, divests itself of the platform by mid-January.