The move is a strategy by the court, to allow Americans to continue using the app while consideration on the legality and risk are key threats to the security of the country, as claims by the Trump administration.
The President signed two executive orders in early August, in which the Trump led administration has threatened to shut down the viral video sharing app over fears and concern that its parent company ByteDance, headquartered in Beijing, could be forcefully by the Chinese government to turn over user data collected. With over 100 million users in the United States alone, TikTok has long rejected the claims.
The company filed a lawsuit against the administration on September 18, and with latest been filed on Thursday 24th September 2020. The last minute injunction was an effort to stop the ban from going into effect, which was suppose to take effect on Sunday night 27th September 2020.The Trump government on Friday, asked the court to reject the injunction in a sealed motion, which the government later refiled as a public motion with some redaction. Public hearing on the said injunction was scheduled for Sunday morning 27th September 2020. At Washington DC District Court presided by judge Carl J. Nichols.
In its ruling on Sunday, the court gave just its decision, with an formal opinion handed over privately to the two opposing parties.This was done in accordance and due to sensitive material included in the government’s motion, the parties were ask to filed in for redactions by the closed of Monday before the final opinion will be published.
This being one of the latest episode in the continuing saga of the sprawling fight over the future of the fastest-growing social app in America. A deal reached between ByteDance and the U.S. government last weekend was believed to have resolved the standoff between the two parties, but the deal has tatted over disputed details between buyer Oracle and ByteDance.
The Trump administration launched its first action against TikTok on August 6, arguing tthat the app posed an unreasonable national security risk for American citizens. That order mirrored a similar one published the same day that put restrictions on the popular Mandarin-language messenger app WeChat, which is owned by China-based Tencent.
Last weekend, a federal magistrate judge in San Francisco put in place an injunction on the Commerce Department’s ban on WeChat, pending further court deliberations. TikTok, whose arguments mirror those in the WeChat lawsuit, was hoping for a similar outcome in its own legal proceedings.
One difference between the two lawsuits is the plaintiffs. In WeChat’s case, a group of WeChat users filed a lawsuit arguing that a ban would hurt their expression of speech. TikTok is representing itself in its own fight with the government.