Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration ban on TikTok downloads. A federal judge temporarily blocked the order of the US President, Donald Trump, who sought to ban downloads and updates of TikTok, hours before the measure came into force on Sunday night.
District Judge Carl Nichols, who was appointed to the job by Trump last year, shared his decision, but the reasons for it were not disclosed to the public.
Nichols blocked the portion of Trump’s order that was scheduled to go into effect Sunday night but now he denied a motion to stop another aspect of the measure that won’t apply until October 12.
This action by the Trump administration would have forced TikTok to disappear from cell phone app stores, leading to a lack of new users and new updates.
The ban on the Tiktok application store downloads and updates was previously postponed by the government. Tiktok has about 100 million users in the United States.
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TikTok, owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, is trying to finalize an agreement under with the technology company Oracle and the retailer Walmart. This way their plan is to stabilize trust issues between the Chinese and US governments. Meanwhile, they struggle to keep the app available in the United States.
In arguments before Judge Nichols, TikTok’s attorney, John Hall, said the company is more than an app, stating that it was a “modern version of a public square.”
The Trump administration declared in the middle of the year that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it should sell its operations in the United States to American companies or leave the country.
So Judge temporarily blocks Trump administration ban on TikTok downloads and crisis is not over. We will talk about this a lot in the upcoming days.