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US Judge Suspends Trump Ban on Tiktok
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US Judge Suspends Trump Ban on Tiktok

Washington, 28th Sept 2020: U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols temporarily blocked President Donald Trump’s ban order on TikTok. U.S. District Judge granted a preliminary injunction against the ban on new downloads of the video-sharing network, which would have gone into effect at 11:59 p.m. in Washington. TikTok’s owner, ByteDance Ltd. applied for the hold after President Trump ordered the app ban despite of the company sold a stake in its U.S. operations to a domestic buyer. The ban would have removed TikTok from app stores run by Apple and Google. People who don’t yet have the app wouldn’t have been able to get it, and those who already have it wouldn’t have access to updates needed to ensure its safe and smooth operation. TikTok has been downloaded by more than 100 million...
TikTok sues US President Trump over banning its app
USA

TikTok sues US President Trump over banning its app

New York, 24th Aug 2020: Chinese short video platform TikTok suing Trump administration for banning its app service in the USA over national-security concerns. TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance said that it is not a national-security threat and that the government is acting without evidence or due process. The company filed suit Monday in federal court in California against the Commerce Department, President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, saying that it sought to prevent the government from “impermissibly banning" TikTok. President Donald Trump has issued two executive orders in August, first a sweeping but unspecified ban on any “transaction” with ByteDance, to take effect within 45 days. He then ordered ByteDance to sell assets used to support TikTok in the U...
Microsoft in talks to acquire TikTok, Trump considers ”banning” app in US
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Microsoft in talks to acquire TikTok, Trump considers ”banning” app in US

Washington, Aug 1, 2020: Microsoft said they are in advance talks to acquire TikTok's US operations, even as President Donald Trump considering to ban the popular Chinese-owned video app. "We are looking at TikTok. We may be banning TikTok," Trump told reporters at the White House. India has banned as many as 106 Chinese apps, including TikTok, a move welcomed by both the administration and the lawmakers. "We may be doing some other things. There are a couple of options. But a lot of things are happening, so we'll see what happens. But we are looking at a lot of alternatives with respect to TikTok," Trump said in response to a question. Microsoft team headed by Satya Nadella is in advanced talks to acquire the US operations of TikTok. The deal could run into billions of dollars. ...
US looking at banning TikTok & other Chinese apps
USA

US looking at banning TikTok & other Chinese apps

Washington, Jul 7, 2020: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US is "certainly looking" at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok, days after India blocked the popular video-sharing platform. India banned 59 apps with Chinese links, including TikTok and UC Browser, on June 29, saying they were prejudicial to sovereignty, integrity and security of the country. During an interview on Monday with Fox News'' Laura Ingraham, Pompeo said that he and President Donald Trump are taking the reports seriously after he was told by the host that India had already banned the app and Australia is considering doing so. "We are taking this very seriously and we are certainly looking at it. We have worked on this very issue for a long time, whether it's the problem of having Huawei...
TikTok Ban will Hit Parent Firm ByteDance’s $1 Billion Expansion Plan
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TikTok Ban will Hit Parent Firm ByteDance’s $1 Billion Expansion Plan

New Delhi, 30th June 2020: A ban on 59 Chinese apps including Tiktok by the Indian government over security issues derailed Chinese company ByteDance $1 billion India expansion plan. Tiktok app is owned by its parent firm ByteDance was removed from Google and Apple app stores in India after the Indian government announced on Monday that it was among the 59 apps which it believed posed a "threat to sovereignty and integrity". "If this is not rolled back, these companies would be constrained to cut back their operations in India, potentially resulting in a loss of employment," said a lawyer who advises a Chinese company whose app has been banned. China's foreign ministry said it was "strongly concerned" about India's decision, adding that India had a "responsibility to uphold the l...
Madras High Court uplifts ban on TikTok app
INDIA

Madras High Court uplifts ban on TikTok app

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court's Madurai Bench on Wednesday lifted the ban on video mobile application TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, subject to certain conditions. Deciding the case filed by advocate Muthukumar, the bench vacated its interim order banning the app, subject to conditions that pornographic videos will not be uploaded on it, failing with the contempt of court proceedings would begin. Early this month, the high court, on a petition filed by the advocate, issued an interim order to the Central government banning downloading of the app in India and restricted the media from telecasting videos taken using the app. The high court had passed an interim order banning the app citing inappropriate and pornographic content. Tamil Nadu's Information Technology ...
TikTok’s parent ByteDance plans $1 bn investment in India in next 3 years
BUSINESS

TikTok’s parent ByteDance plans $1 bn investment in India in next 3 years

New Delhi: Unfazed by the ban on TikTok in India, the popular Chinese short video app's parent ByteDance remains "very optimistic" and plans to invest $1 billion in the country over the next three years. ByteDance — touted to be among the world's most valuable startups with investors like SoftBank, General Atlantic, KKR and Sequoia on board also offer platforms like Helo and Vigo Video in India. Speaking to PTI, ByteDance Director (International Public Policy) Helena Lersch said the company has been strengthening its content moderation policies over the last many months. "We are obviously disappointed by the current developments, but we are also very optimistic that we will resolve this issue. We remain committed to our Indian users. As a company, we are looking to invest $1 bill...