TikTok’s US employees will legally challenge Trump’s executive order, and will be separate from a pending lawsuit from the company that owns the app,
though both will argue that the order is unconstitutional, said Mike Godwin, an internet policy lawyer representing the employees.
Last week, President Donald Trump issued an executive order barring any US transactions with ByteDance,
the Chinese company that owns TikTok, and its subsidiaries.
The language of the order is broad, so it’s unclear if it would bar TikTok from paying its employees.
The Trump administration didn’t respond to questions about how the order would impact TikTok’s employees.
The order, which would take effect Sept. 20, would effectively ban the short-form video app from operating in the US if ByteDance doesn’t sell TikTok.
Microsoft has acknowledged it’s discussing a deal to buy TikTok’s service in the US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Negotiations could be completed by Sept. 15, which is before the executive order’s deadline.