Tiktok Judge Tells US to Decide By Friday On Ban Delay

Clay Curtis
September 26, 2020

The U.S. government will not delay a ban on TikTok downloads set to take effect this Sunday, the Justice Department said in a court filing Friday. A ban had previously been pegged for Sunday, September 20, however, this was extended by a week after it was reported the President had approved a deal to sell TikTok to Oracle.

It's unclear what will happen to the USA government's planned TikTok ban if a deal to settle the company's ownership in the United States is finalized.

A spokeswoman for Barr told Fox Business that Barr "is still in the fact-gathering stage and has not reached a final decision or made a final recommendation to the president".

Washington claims the Chinese government could misuse the users' personal data collected by the app. The U.S. government had till 2:30 p.m. Friday to notify the court whether it will postpone the deadline or file a motion of opposition to a preliminary injunction TikTok requested, Judge Carl J. Nichols said.

TikTok asked a USA judge on Wednesday to block an order from Trump's administration that would require Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to remove its short video-sharing app for new downloads from Sunday.

A tentative deal unveiled last weekend would make Silicon Valley giant Oracle the technology partner for TikTok and a stakeholder in a new entity to be known as TikTok Global.

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If the court signs off on the injunction, the United States government's two-step ban on TikTok would be delayed until further notice. Starting at 11:59 p.m. on September 27, it would remove TikTok from the app stores run by Apple Inc. and Google's Android, the most widely used marketplaces for downloadable apps.

Earlier this week, TikTok filed for a preliminary injunction to stop President Trump banning the app from USA app stores from Sunday, September 27.

"TikTok is allowed to continue operating with respect to existing users but can not add users, and the reason for that is that there are significant national security risks", Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel Schwei told the judge. John Hall, a lawyer for TikTok, alleged that the company sought relief as soon as it was allowed to under the law and that the US would have argued that it was premature if filed earlier.

"The urgency of this is created by the Sunday night ban".

Hall told the judge the ban would increase risks to existing users by preventing them from getting regular security updates.

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