Part of the complaint reads:

"The executive order is not rooted in bona fide national security concerns. Independent national security and information security experts have criticized the political nature of this executive order, and expressed doubt as to whether its stated national security objective is genuine...

"The President’s demands for payments have no relationship to any conceivable national security concern and serve only to underscore that Defendants failed to provide Plaintiffs with the due process required by law."

The complaint also addresses how TikTok says the administration “ignored our extensive efforts to address its concerns,” and laments how the consequences of the executive order would destroy the “thriving community” of US TikTok creators. It also pointed out that the company employs 1,500 across the US and claims it has a roadmap for 10,000 more jobs across the country.

At the time of writing in this fast-moving saga, TikTok has until 12 November to find a company to buy its US business. The ongoing issue is how viable this really is for ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, to achieve.

TikTok is a global app and would not necessarily be able to readily divide itself regionally for sale. But at the heart of the company’s complaint is the aggressive manner in which the Trump administration has forced this unwanted situation upon TikTok.