US judge to hold TikTok ban hearing on November 4th

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A US judge said on Tuesday he would hold a Nov. 4 hearing on whether to permit the American government to bar transactions with TikTok, a move that the Chinese-owned short video app has cautioned would effectively ban its use in the US.

US District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued a preliminary injunction on Sept. 27 that resisted the U.S. Commerce Department from ordering Apple Inc and also Alphabet Inc’s Google app stores to eliminate TikTok for download from new users.

Nichols must now decide whether to obstruct the other facets of the Commerce Department order set to take effect on November the 12th. Nichols’ new hearing is scheduled for one day after the presidential election.

US President  Trump said last month the deal had his “blessing.”

Key details of the bargain, including who will have majority ownership, are in dispute. TikTok proprietor ByteDance has also said any deal will require China’s approval, and Beijing has revised its list of technologies subject to export bans, in a manner that gives it a state over any TikTok deal.

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The Trump administration claims TikTok poses national security concerns as personal data gathered on 100 million Americans who use the app could be gotten by China’s authorities.

Any deal is subject to review by the US government’s Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). This panel may also decide to block the app’s use in the United States.

Separately the Justice Department appealed the Sept. 19 preliminary intersection issued by US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. The injunction blocked the US Commerce Department order, which could also bar other US trades with Tencent Holding’s WeChat, possibly making the app unusable in the US.

A schedule published by the court indicated no ruling on request is likely until late November at the earliest.

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 Chizu Nomiyama and Richard Chang.

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