Trump administration’s TikTok ban has been delayed

Updated 28 September, 2020 | 12:19 IST

A U.S. court has said a ban on TikTok won’t enter effect on Monday as scheduled.

The move to delay the anticipated ban will allow Americans to continue using the app while the court considers the ban’s legality and whether the app poses a risk to national security because the Trump administration claims.

For weeks since President Donald Trump signed two executive orders in early August, the govt has threatened to pack up the viral video sharing app over fears that its parent company ByteDance, headquartered in Beijing, might be forced to show over user data to the Chinese government. TikTok, which has 100 million users within the US alone, has long rejected the claims.

TikTok first filed a lawsuit against the administration on September 18, and on Thursday in the week filed a final minute injunction in an attempt to prevent the ban going into effect Sunday night. On Friday, the govt asked the court to reject the injunction during a sealed motion, which the govt later refiled as a public motion with some redactions. A public hearing on the injunction was set for Sunday morning. The case is being heard in DC District Court presided by judge Carl J. Nichols.

In its ruling on Sunday, the court gave just its decision, with the formal opinion handed over privately to only the 2 opposing parties. thanks to sensitive material included within the government’s motion, the parties have until Monday to invite any redactions before the ultimate opinion are going to be published.

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The decision is simply the newest episode within the continuing saga of the sprawling fight over the longer term of the fastest-growing social app in America. A deal reached between ByteDance and therefore the U.S. government last weekend was believed to possess resolved the standoff between the 2 parties, but the deal has frayed over disputed details between buyer Oracle and ByteDance.

The administration first launched an action against TikTok on Transfiguration, with President Trump arguing in an executive order that the app posed an unreasonable national security risk for Americans. That order mirrored an identical one published an equivalent day that put restrictions on the favored Mandarin-language messenger app WeChat, which is owned by China-based Tencent.

Last weekend, a federal magistrate judge in San Francisco put in situ an injunction on the Commerce Department’s ban on WeChat, pending further court deliberations. TikTok, whose arguments mirror those within the WeChat lawsuit, hoped for an identical outcome in its own legal proceedings.

One difference between the 2 lawsuits is that the plaintiffs. In WeChat’s case, a gaggle of WeChat users filed a lawsuit arguing that a ban would hurt their expression of speech. TikTok is representing itself in its own fight with the govt.

The court case is TikTok Inc. et al v. Trump et al (1:2020-cv-02658).

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