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 Americans.
“We’re pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees. At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement.”
It’s the second legal ruling against the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on popular apps with Chinese owners. Trump has called for bans on both TikTok and WeChat, owned by China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd., arguing that the apps could give China’s government access to millions of Americans’ personal data. WeChat users won a court injunction against a ban last week. The bans are part of an increasingly hard-line Trump has taken on Beijing as the election approaches.