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TikTok ban blocked

A U.S. judge from Pennsylvania has blocked the TikTok ban that was set to take effect on November 12. The ban would have effectively barred the Chinese-owned app from conducting business in the U.S. and would mean the shutdown of TikTok in the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Commerce was blocked by U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone from implementing the ban. She says barring TikTok in the United States would

“have the effect of shutting down, within the United States, a platform for expressive activity used by approximately 700 million individuals globally. Over 100 million of these TikTok users are within the United States, and at least 50 million of these U.S. users use the app on a daily basis.”

The judge’s decision did not immediately issue a comment by the Commerce Department. But it acknowledged that the ban would significantly hamper TikTok’ ability to do business with American companies. So far, the courts are deciding things in TikTok’s favor, effectively countering the order by the Trump administration.

On September 27th, U.S. District Judge, Judge Carl Nichols from Washington issued a preliminary injunction to stop TikTok from being removed from App Stores in the U.S. and will hold another hearing to discuss aspects of the Friday's blocked order on November 4th.

TikTok says it is

“deeply moved by the outpouring of support from its users who have worked to protect their rights to expression.”

In the #FightforTikTok hashtag on social media, Millions of users are expressing how the platform affects them and their lives. For now, we’re at a standstill until the November 4th hearing.

A preliminary deal between Walmart and Oracle would see both companies taking a minority stake in TikTok Global, making them oversee U.S. operations. President Trump gave the deal his blessing last month but the administration still contends that TikTok, as it exists today, presents national security concerns, agains denies of the allegations by TikTok.


Source: https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2020/11/01/us-judge-blocks-tiktok-ban-order/