TikTok, U.S. Government Jointly Move to Fast-Track Their Case Ahead of Quick-Approaching Forced-Sale Deadline

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The TikTok ban lawsuit could be getting fast-tracked, as the platform and the Justice Department are jointly pushing for an expedited schedule. Photo Credit: Visuals/Charles Deluvio

Ahead of a quick-approaching deadline for ByteDance to divest from or shut down TikTok in the U.S., a joint motion has been filed to fast-track the appropriate legal challenges.

The video-sharing app, a group of creators opposing the relevant law, and the U.S. government just recently submitted the motion, complete with a proposed schedule. As most know, President Biden signed the underlying measure into law in late April, thereby affording Beijing-based ByteDance nine months (with a possible three-month extension) to offload TikTok in the States.

But from the get-go (and in the related lawsuit it levied earlier in May), TikTok has criticized the “obviously unconstitutional” forced-sale requirement as an outright ban and maintained that divesting would be unworkable for multiple reasons.

Running with the point and the adjacent interest in having its arguments heard sooner rather than later, TikTok and the other mentioned parties asked the D.C. appellate court to resolve their motion by this month’s end.

In said motion, the creators expressed the belief that an expedited process “is needed to avoid irreparable harm,” with the app reiterating once more its position that a divestiture under the law “is not commercially, technologically, or legally feasible.” Additionally, the creators in the legal text pointed to First Amendment concerns.

Moving beyond these contentions and returning to the sought schedule, TikTok, the filing creators, and the government alike, intending to leave enough time before the deadline for a possible challenge before the Supreme Court, specifically asked the court to rule by December 6th.

Behind the date, an opening brief in the TikTok ban lawsuit would be set for June 20th, responses and replies would arrive in late July and August, and oral arguments would occur on “a date as early as practicable” in September, according to the document.

It’ll be worth closely monitoring the high-stakes situation in the coming weeks and months. Notwithstanding the aforementioned insistence that selling TikTok in the U.S. would prove impossible – in part because the Chinese government, which owns a piece of ByteDance, may not allow the transaction – potential buyers are lining up.

Evidently unfazed by the massive price tag, unprecedented logistical hurdles, and probable lack of a connection between domestic TikTok users and the international community remaining on the original platform, those prospective purchasers now include billionaire real-estate mogul Frank McCourt, per the Wall Street Journal.

Bringing the focus back to the present and the music space, TikTok is continuing to expand despite its far-from-ideal footing in the States. Last week, reports pointed to tests of an hour-long upload limit. And today, the Universal Music-partnered platform reached out with word of “Fan Spotlight.”

Interscope-signed Billie Eilish launched the “artist-first feature” when promoting her latest album, per TikTok, which explained in more words that Fan Spotlight enables artists to pin fan clips to their (the artists’) music tabs.