TikTok urges court to block Trump's ban on app in US

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 24, 2020

Oracle and WalMart, however, have said majority ownership of TikTok Global would be in American hands, complying with an August 14 executive order by US President Donald Trump that ByteDance relinquish ownership of TikTok within 90 days.

Attorneys are scheduled to argue the case on Thursday (Sept 24) before a judge who will decide whether to put Trump's order on hold until a lawsuit over the ban is resolved.

Tencent has not filed any legal action against the Trump administration.

The judge cited harm done to the apps Chinese users within the US, this indicated that USA courts could also prevent TikTok from being banned in the USA even if the deal does not go ahead.

Chinese state media outlets China Daily and the Global Times said this week that they see no reason for China to approve the deal Oracle and Walmart said they have struck with ByteDance, calling it based on "bullying and extortion".

However, contrasting statements made by the U.S. companies and ByteDance about the ownership and control of TikTok Global have raised fresh concerns that the Trump administration may ultimately reject the proposal.

News of the apparent breakthrough led the Commerce Department to delay for a week its enforcement of Trump's executive order outlawing business between USA citizens and TikTok.

TikTok has amassed over 198 million downloads in the United States between the App Store and Google Play.

TikTok's working deal with US tech giant Oracle to avoid a ban in the United States could soon be in tatters because of Chinese opposition, so the Beijing-owned video-sharing network has turned to form relationships with major American social media platforms.

At the same time, TikTok, which has some 100 million monthly active users in the US, has seen explosive growth.

The Commerce Department also set a second deadline, November 12, that would effectively stop TikTok from functioning in the U.S.

Regulators in Washington have been conducting a security review of TikTok for more than a year. WeChat is much smaller, only installed by around 22 million users in the US.

While President Trump has approved the deal in a preliminary sense, US courts still have the power to prevent the deal from going ahead. Then the president's re-election campaign ran negative Facebook advertisements urging supporters to sign a petition to ban TikTok.

Shortly after, Hall writes, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed that the administration is "looking at" banning TikTok.

TikTok has never been available in China. It has also proposed a "global coalition' where social media and content platforms would help get rid of violent and graphic content online".

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