Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks TikTok App Store Ban

Headline Roundup September 28th, 2020

On Sunday, a federal judge temporarily granted TikTok’s request for a temporary injunction against the Department of Commerce’s ban of the app in U.S. app stores, just four hours before the ban was to be implemented. TikTok had argued that the ban was infringing on free speech and acting in a capricious manner. The judge’s ruling does not stop the Commerce Department’s broader restrictions, which would make the app “unusable,” slated for November 12. The Commerce Department's ban aims to follow executive orders signed by President Trump in August.

The ruling received relatively more coverage in center- and left-rated outlets than in right-rated outlets. Coverage of certain facts, like criticisms in Chinese media and TikTok owner ByteDance’s business negotiations, varied across all bias ratings. Some center- and left-rated outlets described the blocked ban as “Trump’s ban,” and some other outlets on all sides attributed the ban to the “Trump administration.”

Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks TikTok App Store Ban

From the Left
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A federal judge granted a temporary reprieve Sunday to TikTok, the short-form video app that was facing a Trump administration-imposed midnight deadline that would have prevented users from downloading it.

The order from U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols of Washington, D.C., allows U.S. app stores to continue offering downloads. Nichols did not rule on a second, more comprehensive ban that would halt U.S. companies from working with TikTok.

In a statement, TikTok said that it was pleased with the ruling and that it "will continue defending our rights for the...

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From the Center
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TikTok has avoided a government-ordered block on new downloads in the US after a judge issued a temporary injunction.
The video-sharing app had faced being removed from Apple's App Store and Android's Google Play marketplace at midnight local time in Washington DC.
Existing US-based users would have been able to have continued using it.
But they would not have been able to have re-downloaded the app if they had deleted it from their phones, nor have been offered software updates.
Judge Carl Nichols of the US...

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From the Right
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A federal judge blocked the Trump administration’s order prohibiting TikTok downloads in the U.S. on Sunday, less than four hours before the ban was set to begin.

The ruling from the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. will allow TikTok’s owner, Chinese technology firm ByteDance, extra time to receive approval from the U.S. and Chinese governments for a deal with Oracle and Walmart, though a November 12 complete ban of the app still looms if a deal cannot be approved.

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