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World US insists on need to ban TikTok

00:07  26 october  2020
00:07  26 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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With the US government considering banning the China-based video-sharing app, here’s what you need to know. The secretary of state , Mike Pompeo, said last week that the US was ‘looking at’ banning TikTok because of security concerns.

The US is not alone in seeking to clamp down on TikTok . India said this week it would ban TikTok and other Chinese apps after a bloody border clash between While TikTok could become a clear threat to US security under certain scenarios, they say, the danger is currently largely hypothetical or indirect.

US President Donald Trump's administration has insisted on the need to ban TikTok due to national security concerns in a new court filing ahead of a plan to make the video app unavailable on November 12.

logo: The Trump administration alleges links between TikTok's owner and the Chinese government make the app a national security risk © NICOLAS ASFOURI The Trump administration alleges links between TikTok's owner and the Chinese government make the app a national security risk

The filing comes as the court considers the legality of the administration's bid to make the Chinese-owned app unavailable in the United States, where it has 100 million users.

"The president should not be prevented from regulating national security threats simply because a foreign adversary cloaks its activities within a media company," the filing on Friday at a federal court in Washington says.

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We are certainly looking at it." " We have worked on this very issue for a long time," he said. "Whether it was the problems of having Huawei technology in your "With respect to Chinese apps on peoples' cellphones, the United States will get this one right too." TikTok was not immediately available for

Any proposal to “ ban ” TikTok is further complicated by the fact that the app is a type of software code, and courts have found that “ We could spend a lot of time spinning our wheels trying to anticipate ways that the administration could try to ban , but it still remains their job to figure out what they meant

The Trump administration is seeking to persuade the judge in the case to allow it to move forward with restrictions on the video-sharing app, which it claims has links to the Chinese government through its parent firm ByteDance.

In September, a temporary injunction prevented the government from removing TikTok from mobile application download platforms.

That Trump administration order had sought to ban new downloads of the app but continue to allow use of TikTok until November 12, when all usage would be blocked.

The judge at the time denied TikTok's request to suspend the November 12 ban, but the court has yet to consider the merits of the legal arguments on whether the social platform should remain available to Americans.

TikTok has repeatedly defended itself against allegations of data transfers to the Chinese government.

It says its servers where user information is stored are located in the United States and Singapore.

The company has also said the ban is unnecessary since negotiations are underway to restructure the ownership of TikTok to address national security issues raised by the administration.

A tentative deal has been unveiled that would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the technology partner for TikTok and a stakeholder in a new entity to be known as TikTok Global.

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US judge sets up fresh roadblock in Trump bid to ban TikTok .
A US federal judge on Friday issued an injunction temporarily blocking an executive order by President Donald Trump aimed at banning TikTok, throwing up a legal roadblock ahead of a November 12 deadline. The order would have knocked the Chinese-owned video-sharing app offline by cutting it off from US businesses providing website hosting, data storage and other fundamentals needed to operate. But TikTok influencers suing the president over the ban convinced US District Court Wendy Beetlestone to issue the injunction against it.

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