A temporary win for TikTok.
On Sunday, a federal court judge favored TikTok’s request to stop the restraining order against a ban by the current administration. It means that Americans can still download and use this video-sharing app.
But it’s only temporary.
The ban was supposed to take effect at 11:59 on Sunday.
TikTok’s lawyer, John E. Hall, stated that the ban for the video-sharing app in the US was unprecedented and irrational.
Hall said that the consequences of the ban can be grave. He likened the prohibition to the government locking its doors to a public forum.
National Security Threat
Trump administration claims that TikTok is a national security threat. But TikTok denied such allegation. It also claims that even a temporary ban on this app can still cause irreversible harm.
Even though the Trump administration’s ban on new TikTok downloads was blocked, the judge didn’t favor TikTok’s request to suspend the ban on November 12. That is, the use of this app would be blocked.
Currently, TikTok has 100 million active US users. Despite the temporary win, the federal judge will still have to decide whether this video-sharing app must be allowed to remain available for the Americans to use.
TikTok said that the ban is no longer necessary because negotiations have already been initiated. The company is restructuring its ownership to solve the national security issues as pointed by the administration.
Lawyers of the Trump administration said that the president can take national security actions as part of his many rights.
The ban was necessary because of the video-sharing app’s link to the Chinese government. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, a Chinese-owned company.
The government called the parent firm as a mouthpiece for the CCP. It’s committed to promoting the agenda and messaging of the CCP.
Since TikTok is considered as a national security risk by the Trump administration, the First Amendment won’t apply to TikTok.
On August 6, the president issued an order that TikTok and WeChat pose a national suit threat. With the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), President Trump could forbid transactions between foreign entities and the US.
On August 14, he gave another issue ordering ByteDAnce to either sell or reconstruct its TikTok business in the US within 90 days. This order will go into effect on November 12. It also means that TikTok’s operations will be stopped.
But a tentative deal was reached on September 19. The deal includes allowing TikTok to create a new company called TikTok Global.
It will be based in the US. Its role is to process and store its US-based TikTok users. The deal allows Oracle as its trusted security partner.
TikTok is one of the fastest-growing apps not just in the US but around the world. Just like any other social media site, TikTok’s lifeblood is its new users.
If it stops operating, it would be devastating to the users, creators, and the company’s reputation.
With Sunday’s decision, TikTok temporarily won. The company was pleased with the decision. Both TikTok and the Trump administration will meet on September 30 for further proceedings.