U.S. Gov’t Mounts New Challenge to Tik Tok

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The U.S. government is appealing the ruling that blocked the Trump administration’s TikTok ban, according to a new court filing.

On December 7, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington became the second U.S. judge to block the Commerce Department’s attempt to stop the TikTok app from being downloaded from U.S. app stores, citing threats to national security.
The Trump administration had raised concerns over the video-sharing app due to its Chinese ownership by way of parent company ByteDance, and the potential risk of TikTok’s U.S. user data being accessed by the Chinese government. This ultimately resulted in President Trump’s decision to use his executive order power to ban TikTok from the U.S. market.

TikTok, in response, had vowed to fight the order in court while it also entered negotiations with American companies over the potential sell-off of its U.S. operations, in case the order was upheld.