China’s video-sharing app TikTok on Friday threatened to take legal action against President Donald Trump's executive order prohibiting US Presidents from doing business with the company’s owner Bytedance.
Donald Trump ordered firms to stop doing business within the 45-day deadline.
China’s government criticized as “arbitrary political manipulation”.
The company said it was “shocked” by the executive order outlining the ban, claiming there has been “no due process”.
The Trump administration has also targeted against WeChat, the popular Chinese messaging app, with a similar ban.
The Trump administration claims that the Chinese government has access to American users’ personal information gathered by Chinese apps, but TikTok has denied such allegations.
Microsoft Corp is in talks with ByteDance to purchase TikTok and take over its U.S. operations which eventually exempt TikTok from restrictions.
The Trump administration would support the Microsoft deal if the U.S. government received the portion of the sale