An executive order banning TikTok from the US won’t affect employees’ paychecks, the Trump administration said Monday in a court filing.
The executive order, signed by President Donald Trump on Aug. 6, bars any US transactions with TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance. The company behind the short-form video app quickly sued, as didby a section of the order that bans transactions with the company.
The administration said in a filing in Northern California District Court that it has sent assurances to the Patrick Ryan, the plaintiff in the lawsuit, that it doesn’t intend for employee compensation to be affected by the order.
“The Department of Commerce can state that it does not intend to implement or enforce Executive Order 13942 in a manner which would prohibit the payment of wages and/or salaries to Plaintiff or any other employee or contractor of TikTok,” the filing states.
Trump signed the executive order, because according to the order, the data TikTok collects “threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information,” and could allow China to track the location of federal employees and contractors. Under the order, TikTok would be banned in the US unless another company acquires the app.
TikTok says it has never turned over US user data to the Chinese government, and wouldn’t do so even if it were asked.
Ryan’s lawsuit, filed in the same court on Aug. 28, called Trump’s executive order “sweepingly broad” and voiced concern it could affected the livelihoods of hundreds of TikTok employees in the US.
“The 1,500 TikTok employees working in the US — as well as their families — need to know whether they will be paid next month,” reads Ryan’s complaint.
Ryan and his attorneys didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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