Judge blocks order by banning downloads from US app stores

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This photo illustration taken on September 14, 2020 shows the logo of the social networking app TikTok and an American flag displayed on the screens of two laptops in Beijing.Nicolas Asfouri | AFP | Getty Images

A judge temporarily blocked an order from the Trump administration that would have banned downloading of TikTok from U.S. app stores.At the end of the day on Sunday, the U.S. government could have forced app stores run by Apple and Google to remove TikTok.

But after a hearing on Sunday, Judge Carl Nichols of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted an injunction against the order.

The judge, however, did not block a much broader ban that would go into effect on November 12 in the United States, which could effectively render TikTok unusable.

Earlier this month, the Commerce Department said TikTok is expected to be removed from U.S. app stores on September 20. This order was delayed for a week, until September 27, as negotiations over the future of TikTok in the United States continued.

TikTok filed for an injunction, which was granted by Judge Nichols on Sunday.

During this time, the state of the agreement remains evolving.

Oracle and Walmart will take a 20% stake in a new US-based company called TikTok Global. ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of TikTok, says it will own 80%. But Oracle disputed this, claiming that ByteDance will have “no ownership” of TikTok Global.

Washington maintains that TikTok, owned by ByteDance, poses a threat to national security because US user data could be sent back to China. This is a claim that TikTok has repeatedly denied.

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