Court Stops TikTok App Ban, For Now
A judge has blocked an order from the Trump administration that would have banned TikTok from being downloaded from the Apple and Android app stores in the U.S. as of Sunday night.
Judge Carl Nichols of United States District Court for the District of Columbia did not, however, rule to block a broader ban set to hit Nov. 12th which will effectively make TikTok unusable.
TikTok said in a statement:
“We’re pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban. We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees.”
“At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement.”
A deal to create a new U.S.-based company TikTok Global could still save the popular social video app if owner ByteDance plus Oracle and Walmart can finalize an ownership structure that satisfies both U.S. and Chinese authorities.