Judge Questions Whether He Has The Power To Stop Government Action Against TikTok | WABNEWS

WASHINGTON DC – A US federal judge said Wednesday he was unsure whether he had a legal basis to prohibit the Commerce Department from imposing restrictions on the TikTok app after a Pennsylvania judge blocked the government’s plan on Friday. ByteDance Ltd, the Beijing-based owner of TikTok, argued that the earlier ruling could still be reversed on appeal. District Judge Carl Nichols of the District of Columbia said he was unsure whether TikTok could show that there would be “irreparable harm” if the suspension order was not issued against government action for Apple, Google and Alphabet to withdraw the application from its stores on the internet to prevent more users from downloading it. On Friday, federal judge Wendy Beetlestone stopped the Commerce Department from basically banning TikTok operations in the United States. The administration of President Donald Trump ensures that TikTok represents a national security threat since the personal information of users could fall into the hands of the Chinese government. TikTok rejects the allegations. The US bans the use of TikTok and WeChat for national security The note explains that although the threats posed by WeChat and TikTok are not identical, both collect a multitude of user data, such as network activity, location, and search history and navigation. The restrictions are set to go into effect on November 12. An attorney for the Justice Department told Nichols that the government has not decided whether to appeal Beetlestone’s ruling. Beetlestone, whose ruling came in the case of a lawsuit filed by three TikTok users, noted that the app has more than 100 million users in the United States. On September 27, Nichols issued a preliminary ruling against the government order. The Beetlestone order also blocks the ban on being able to download the app. Talks to finalize a preliminary purchase agreement with Walmart and Oracle continue and a new company will be formed to oversee the application’s operations in the United States. President Trump has said that the agreement “has his blessing.”




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