Judge blocks Trump ban on TikTok downloads

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 28th, 2020 10:33 am

Last Updated Sep 28th, 2020 at 6:44 pm

A judge has temporarily blocked an order from the Trump administration that would ban Americans from downloading TikTok.

Judge Carl Nichols of United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted an injunction on Sunday, blocking the U.S. government from forcing app stores run by Apple and Google to remove TikTok.

Nichols's order does not block a larger ban set to come on November 12, which would make TikTok unusable in the U.S.

"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," TikTok said in a statement. "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."

The U.S. Commerce Department said that while it will comply with the injunction, it will also defend Trump's executive order, which it said is "consistent with the law and promotes legitimate national security interests."

"The Government will comply with the injunction and has taken immediate steps to do so, but intends to vigorously defend the E.O. and the Secretary's implementation efforts from legal challenges," the department said in a statement.

A deal between TikTok Global and U.S.-based companies Oracle and Walmart remains in limbo.

Read more: Trump delays TikTok ban, agrees to deal with Oracle, Walmart


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