Judge temporarily halts Trump’s TikTok download ban

A federal judge stopped the Trump administration’s order to ban Chinese video-sharing platform TikTok from being downloaded from U.S. mobile app stores on Sunday, hours before it went into effect.

The decision: Carl Nichols, District Judge of Washington, DC, upheld TikTok’s motion for an injunction against the ban, which is due to go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. This is the latest development in an ongoing legal battle between TikTok and the Trump administration over the president’s efforts to restrict U.S. operations of the app.

President Donald Trump ordered the TikTok ban in August, citing fears that US users’ personal information could fall into the hands of Chinese government officials. TikTok – owned by Chinese tech giant ByteDance – sued the government over the move, arguing the government had violated their rights Trump’s actions “clearly reflect the political decision to advertise on an anti-China platform.”

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