A Federal Judge Stops Trump’s Tik Tok Ban

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Shortly before President Trump’s ban on the video-sharing app TikTok was slated to be enacted, Washington, D.C., District Judge Carl Nichols put a halt on the move.

Nichols granted TikTok’s request for a temporary injunction against the ban, with a meeting to occur on Wednesday between the Trump Administration and TikTok to discuss the next steps.

In August, President Trump issued an executive order giving TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, 90 days to sell its TikTok business in the US.

“There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that ByteDance … might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” stated Trump at the time of the order, highlighting his fears that the Chinese-based company could share information about U.S. citizens with the Chinese government.

In response to Trump’s statements and executive order, TikTok launched a lawsuit against the Trump Campaign, stating at the time that: “The President’s actions clearly reflect a political decision to campaign on an anti-China platform,” TikTok’s complaint stated.

On the recent halt on Trump’s executive order, TikTok reported being “pleased” and went on to say that “we will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees.”

Throughout the ongoing feud between TikTok and the Trump Administration, TikTok has maintained throughout that it doesn’t provide any U.S. user data to the Chinese government, and said in a statement on Sunday that the company “will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement.”

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