Trump’s TikTok Ban Blocked
TikTok has been given a temporary stay of execution in the U.S., with a federal judge blocking the ban, for now.
U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols said that TikTok had not had enough opportunity to defend itself before Trump ordered the sweeping ban. The judge has therefore granted a preliminary injunction preventing the removal of TikTok from app stores — at least, for now.
This ruling isn’t too much of a surprise. When previously questioning the U.S. Justice Department on why it thought TikTok had been given adequate opportunity to respond, Nichols stated that the government’s decision to ban the app “was largely a unilateral decision with very little opportunity for plaintiffs to be heard.”
Responding to the ruling, the U.S. Department of Commerce maintained Trump’s order “is fully consistent with the law and promotes legitimate national security interests.” As such, it “intends to vigorously defend the [order] and…implementation efforts from legal challenges” despite having lost today’s battle.
Trump’s administration has maintained a persistent vendetta against TikTok for months now, even ordering ByteDance to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations. The U.S. president has repeatedly raised security concerns regarding the video-sharing app, claiming that it could give American users’ personal information with the Chinese government. TikTok has strenuously denied these allegations.
Facebook and Twitter already share user data with various governments including the U.S. Transfer of EU citizens’ personal data to the U.S. were also recently restricted due to concerns about American government surveillance.