Judge plans to decide on TikTok US app store ban by end of day

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A US judge has said that he plans to decide later on Sunday if to obstruct a Trump administration order prohibiting Apple and Google from providing Chinese short video-sharing app TikTok for download.

US District Judge Carl Nichols stated following a 90-minute Sunday morning hearing he intends to issue a public order later in the afternoon. The Commerce Department TikTok app store ban is set to take effect at 11:59 pm EDT.

John E Hall, an attorney for TikTok, maintained during the hearing that the ban was “unprecedented” and “irrational.”

US officials also have voiced national security concerns that personal data gathered on 100 million Americans who use the app can be obtained by China’s Communist Party authorities.

ByteDance said on the 20th of September it created a preliminary deal to Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to take bets in a new company, TikTok Global, which could oversee US operations. Negotiations are continuing over the terms of the arrangement and to solve a variety of concerns from Washington and Beijing.

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The deal is still to be reviewed by the American government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

The Justice Department said a preliminary injunction allowing Americans to keep on downloading the TikTok app would be “interfering with a formal national security judgment of the president; altering the landscape with respect to ongoing CFIUS negotiations; and continuing to allow sensitive and valuable user information to flow to ByteDance with respect to all new users.”

On September the 19th, the Commerce Department delayed the ban to give the companies an extra week to finalise a deal.

TikTok asserts the limitations, amid increasing US-China tensions under the Trump government, “were not motivated by a genuine national security concern, but rather by political considerations relating to the upcoming general election.”

Another set of limitations have been set to take effect November the 12th barring different transactions with TikTok that could effectively ban the app in the United States, the company said.

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Another US judge, in Pennsylvania, on Saturday rejected a bid by three TikTok content creators to block the ban, while a judge in California has blocked a similar order from taking effect on Tencent Holdings‘ WeChat app.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson. Editing by Bill Berkrot.

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