US choose suspends Trump’s TikTok obtain ban | US & Canada Information
The ban should go into effect at midnight. The US claims the video app poses a threat to national security.
A judge in Washington, DC, temporarily blocked a controversial order from the Trump administration late Sunday to prohibit the download of the popular Chinese short video app TikTok at 11:59 p.m. (3:59 p.m. GMT on Monday).
District Judge Carl Nichols, a candidate for President Donald Trump’s who joined the court last year, said he had issued an injunction at the request of TikTok, which the White House has accused of a national security threat.
Nichols declined “at this point” to block other Commerce Department restrictions due to come into effect Nov. 12. According to TikTok, the app is becoming unusable in the US.
Nichols’ detailed written statement is expected to be released on Monday.
John E Hall, an attorney for TikTok, argued during a 90-minute hearing on Sunday morning that the ban was “unprecedented” and “irrational”.
“How does it make sense to impose this App Store ban tonight when negotiations are ongoing that may make it unnecessary?” Hall asked during the hearing. “That is only punishable. This is just one clear way to beat the company … There’s just no urgency here. “
US officials are concerned that 100 million Americans who use the app may have their personal information accessed by the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
Deal is being reviewed
ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, is a “mouthpiece” for the party and “committed to promoting the CCP’s agenda and messaging,” a government report said.
ByteDance announced last week that Walmart and Oracle had reached a tentative agreement to invest in a new company, TikTok Global, to oversee US operations. Negotiations on the terms of the agreement and resolution of concerns in Washington and Beijing continue.
The deal has yet to be reviewed by the U.S. Government’s Foreign Investment Committee (CFIUS).
The Justice Department said a restraining order allowing Americans to continue downloading the TikTok app would “disrupt a formal national security ruling by the president; Change of landscape with regard to ongoing CFIUS negotiations; and continue to have confidential and valuable user information regarding all new users forwarded to ByteDance. “
TikTok argued that amid mounting tensions between the US and China, the restrictions were “motivated not by a real national security concern, but by political considerations related to the upcoming general election.”
Another U.S. judge in Pennsylvania on Saturday turned down an offer from three TikTok content creators to block the ban, while a judge in California blocked a similar order for WeChat, a messaging app from China’s Tencent.