World US judge sets up fresh roadblock in Trump bid to ban TikTok

02:51  31 october  2020
02:51  31 october  2020 Source:   msn.com

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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.

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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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A US federal judge in Washington has temporarily put a stop to President Donald Trump 's ban on TikTok downloads, just hours before it was due to take effect. The ban was set to begin at midnight EST (0400 GMT Monday) but Judge Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction, sought by TikTok

TikTok asked a federal judge in Washington to block the Trump administration from enacting a ban And it set off a flurry of attempted deal-making, pushing ByteDance to seek a sale of TikTok ’s The suit comes as Trump steps up his campaign against China, betting that a hard line against Beijing will

It is the second restraint issued in favor of TikTok by US judges against a set of executive orders issued by Trump which sought to ban new downloads of the app beginning in September, and ban it outright by November 12.

A temporary injunction issued in September in a separate suit filed by TikTok itself prevented the government from removing it from mobile application download platforms.

Judges in both cases said in rulings that the chances of proving in court that Trump overstepped his authority were good.

They also equated  TikTok to films, photographs, and news wires with legal protections.

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TikTok is threatening legal action against the US after Donald Trump ordered firms to stop doing business with the The president has already threatened to ban TikTok in the US , citing national security concerns, and the TikTok - which has up to 80 million active monthly users in the US - has

Beetlestone noted in her ruling that concerns expressed by the US in justifying the ban were expressed hypothetically.

Trump's administration has insisted on a need to ban TikTok, which has 100 million users in the US, due to national security concerns.

The White House claims TikTok has links to the Chinese government through its parent firm ByteDance.

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.

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