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US District Court halts ban on TikTok downloads

A US District Court has postponed a ban on popular short video app TikTok, which would have stopped the distribution of the app from Apple and Google’s app stores after 11:59 pm on September 27. US District Judge Carl J. Nicholas granted TikTok this preliminary injunction on Sunday, and this means that the app will be available on both the app stores for now. Nicholas’s reasons for postponing the ban are sealed and will have to be reviewed by TikTok and the US government. However, not everything went TikTok’s way at the hearing on Sunday. Nicholas denied to postpone another, more comprehensive, ban on TikTok which is scheduled to come into effect on November 12 “at this time”. As per this ban, even existing users of Tiktok will not be able to use the app. Earlier, a similar ban on WeChat in the US was also stayed. What they said: The Commerce Department, in a statement said that the government will comply with the injunction and “has taken immediate steps to do so, but intends to vigorously defend the E.O. [executive order]”. “We’re pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban. We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees,” TikTok said in a statement. Key background: On August 6, Donald Trump signed an executive order banning US transactions with Bytedance over national security concerns, and the order was to initially come…

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