Just hours before the mobile app for TikTok was scheduled to be removed from US mobile application online stores, the message comes that the grip of the US authorities will be blocked by a judge, writes The Washington Post.
According to the newspaper, this is the second time in a short time that the Trump administration is going on a rampage in the conflict against Chinese social media services. Last weekend, the US authorities were also unsuccessful in blocking the WeChat app.
– Unilateral decision
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Sunday’s TikTok news came as a surprise, and Judge Carl Nichols, who was appointed by Trump last year, was not expected to make his decision until Monday.
According to the newspaper, the federal judge is now putting a temporary stop to what should have happened on Sunday, but at the same time chose not to stop further action by the American authorities, which will take effect on November 12. Then the app will be blocked from all use according to the plan.
On Sunday, the judge questioned Trump’s presidential order to exclude TikTok from the US market.
– This was largely a unilateral decision with very little opportunity for the plaintiff to be heard, the judge says.
Trump has stated that there are security issues around Chinese mobile applications that are behind the decision to shut out the apps TikTok and WeChat. This was supposed to happen as early as September 20, but US authorities postponed the TikTok ban by a week when Trump apparently agreed to a temporary agreement that would give the app US owners, including the companies Oracle and Walmart.
Fears user data goes astray
At present, it is unclear what happens next in the sales discussions. According to The Washington Post, US President TikTok owner ByteDance and Oracle disagree on the future ownership structure. ByteDance, for its part, believes that they will still own a majority in the company, while Oracle believes an agreement will be made without ByteDance.
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The US president has said he will not approve an agreement if ByteDance is involved, and the US Department of Justice accuses the Chinese company of cooperating with the Chinese authorities, and argues that US personal data may go astray.
The company TikTok has repeatedly said that their US user data is stored outside China, separate from other ByteDance products.
TikTok has just over 100 million users in the United States, according to the company itself.