How did Tik Tok Escape a U.S. Ban? For Now

Popular video streaming app, TikTok was threaten with being banned from the U.S. earlier this year; however, a federal judge granted TikTok a temporary injunction against the Trump administration’s initiative on Sunday.

Talk surrounding it is highly political and highly confusing. Back in July, Trump said that the decision comes after “what they’ve done to this country and to the entire world”, citing the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision that overturns Trump’s ban is a win for TikTok the move would have been “extraordinary action at the very time when the need for free, open and accessible communication in America is at its zenith” John Hall, an attorney representing TikTok, said during an emergency hearing Sunday morning.

Government lawyers are at the other side of things though as they argued that the platform’s ownership by a Chinese firm poses as a threat and represented an “immediate danger” to U.S. national security.

Trump’s administration has also claimed that Americans using the app risk having their data wind up in the hands of the Chinese government.

The U.S. commerce department initially announced that TikTok was to be banned on September 20th onwards, further restrictions were also due to be going into effect; news of the delay came out last weekend as along with an agreement involving TikTok, ByteDance, Oracle and Walmart. The deal which is still not finalized, was intended to address said “national security concerns” about the app and give at least partial ownership to American companies and investors.

TikTok stated that it was “pleased” with the ruling. 

“We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees,” the company said in a statement. The Commerce Department also said on late Sunday that the U.S. government has intentions to “vigorously defend” its order.

“Basic TikTok will stay intact until November 12,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Fox Business News. “If there is not a deal by November 12 under the provisions of the old order then TikTok also will be, for all practical purposes, shut down.”

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