A U.S. District Court judge has blocked President Donald Trump’s order that would have banned TikTok downloads on U.S. mobile app stores.
Trump had issued an executive order that would have banned the popular video app starting Sunday, Sept. 28. However, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols blocked the order, providing TikTok with a temporary injunction.
As a result, the app is still available for download on app stores, such as Apple’s and Google’s app sites. TikTok still faces challenges, with more restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 12.
The U.S. Department of Commerce released a statement, writing that it would comply with the judge’s injunction but would continue to pursue action against TikTok and its parent company ByteDance.
|“On September 27, 2020, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the implementation of Executive Order (E.O.) 13942, limited to the Secretary of Commerce’s Identification of Prohibited Transactions with TikTok/ByteDance involving ‘any provision of services… to distribute or maintain the TikTok mobile application, constituent code, or application updates through an online mobile application store.’ The E.O. is fully consistent with the law and promotes legitimate national security interests. The Government will comply with the injunction and has taken immediate steps to do so, but intends to vigorously defend the E.O. and the Secretary’s implementation efforts from legal challenges,” the statement reads. |
Trump has been outspoken in criticism of TikTok and ByteDance, alleging that the Chinese-owned app captures user data and “threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage,” according to his Aug. 6 executive order.
Walmart has been seeking to purchase a stake in TikTok and recently announced that it was moving to buy a 7.5 percent stake in the company with Oracle buying a 12.5 percent stake.
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