Trump Administration Appeals Judge’s Order Blocking TikTok Ban
The Trump administration has filed an appeal of a judges’ order blocking restrictions on TikTok on 28th December 2020. The US Department of Justice is proving to be relentless in banning the video-sharing app from the US.
US District Judge Carl Nichols had blocked the Commerce Department’s restrictions on TikTok on 7th December 2020. The restriction would have prevented new downloads of the app from US app stores.
Before Judge Nichols’s order, US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Pennsylvania had issued an injunction against the ban in October 2020. In that case, three content creators had argued that a TikTok ban would have a negative effect on their income. And on Monday, the DOJ appealed Nichols’ decision to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit.
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Following President Trump’s executive order in August 2020 banning the Chinese apps over security concerns, the Department of Justice had initially given TikTok’s parent company ByteDance 90 days to either sell or spin-off its TikTok operations in the US. That order was to take effect on 12th November 2020 and stopped it’s US operations.
President Trump had then approved “in concept” a bid from cloud computing giant Oracle in partnership with Walmart to become TikTok’s “trusted tech partner.” That deal was to create a new entity, TikTok Global, which would be based in the US and would take over processing and storage for all US-based TikTok users.
Since then, TikTok had filed for two extensions and it had gotten them, but with the Trump administration to vacate office in January 2021, the likelihood of a ban reduces with each passing day.
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