Resumed The US government has ordered a federal judge banning the Commerce Department from imposing restrictions against the Chinese-owned short video sharing app Tik Tok, Which was effectively banned in the United States.
The administration of President (Donald Trump) has indicated national security concerns in its targeting of TikTok, arguing that the Chinese government can obtain the personal data of American users.
TikTok, which has more than 100 million users in the United States, denies the allegations.
In a ruling issued on December 7, US District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued an order preventing the Commerce Department from banning the hosting of TikTok data in the United States, content delivery services, and other technical transactions that ByteDance said: it prohibits the use of TikTok in the United States. United State .
The Justice Department said: It is appealing Nichols’ order to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
In February, a separate US appeals court is due to hear an appeal of an October ruling by US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Pennsylvania, who blocked the same restrictions that were due to take effect on November 12.
Officials familiar with the matter told Reuters: It is unlikely that the US government will decide the fate of TikTok in the United States before Trump leaves office on January 20. There is still a chance to seal the deal in January.
In a separate ruling in September, Nichols issued an order barring the Commerce Department from requiring Apple and Google companies to remove the TikTok app from their stores.
The US Court of Appeals in Washington heard the US government’s appeal to this ruling two weeks ago.
And earlier this month, the Trump administration chose not to grant TikTok a new extension to an order issued by the president in August requiring the company to withdraw US Tik Tok assets.
This gave the Justice Department the authority to enforce the stripping order once the deadline expired.
In an interview with Reuters on December 16, then Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen refused to disclose the Justice Department’s intention to seek to implement the order. Rosen has since become the acting attorney general of the United States.
Under pressure from the US government, ByteDance has been in talks for months to finalize a deal with Walmart and Oracle to transfer US TikTok assets to a new entity.