Tik Tok and WeChat users to sue US government

FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with Tik Tok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken November 7, 2019. Picture taken November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

WeChat users in the US are suing the government in a bid to stop the banning of Chinese social media apps.

The lawsuit was filed on Friday in San Francisco by the US WeChat Users Alliance and other individuals. Together they are saying that they rely on the app due to the nature of their job or to stay in contact with relatives in China.

The US WeChat Users Alliance which is non profit said that  the ban would violate their freedom of speech and other constitutional rights.

At the same time, Tik Tok, another hugely popular Chinese app, said on Saturday that it is also planning a legal action to block the executive order by the US government.

Tik Tok has over one billion users worldwide.

In July, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the United States is “certainly looking at” banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok. 

U.S. lawmakers have raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, saying they were worried about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.” 

The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasized its independence from China.