Federal judge postpones app store ban on TikTok

Updated: September 28, 2020 09:44 AM

A federal judge on Sunday postponed a Trump administration order that would have banned the popular video sharing app TikTok from U.S. smartphone app stores.

A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November, about a week after the presidential election.

The judge, Carl Nichols of the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia, did not postpone that later ban. The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration’s app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business.

Earlier this year, President Trump declared TikTok, owned by Chinese company ByteDance, was a threat to national security and it must either sell its U.S. operations to American companies or be barred from the country.

TikTok is still trying to firm up a deal that would partner with tech-giant Oracle and Walmart

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