TikTok Avoids US Ban (For Now)

Despite the Trump administration’s attempt to ban the app in the United States, TikTok has been partially granted a request for a temporary injunction.

The ruling blocked the government ban on downloads just a few hours before the policy would have taken effect.

TikTok challenged the ban as unconstitutional and a violation of due process, stating that it would have been an “extraordinary action at the very time when the need for free, open and accessible communication in America is at its zenith” ahead of a presidential election.

Government lawyers argued that the app’s ownership by a Chinese firm represented an “immediate danger” to national security.

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Judge rules TikTok can avoid a ban in the US, for now, CNN (September 28, 2020)

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