US Judge Suspends Donald Trump’s Ban on TikTok Downloads


The Trump administration had called the TikTok app a threat to national security, as the Chinese firm is tied to Beijing’s government and wanted to ban the app in the country. Hours before the politically charged ban on TikTok was to get into effect; a US Federal judge halted it. At the request of the company, District Judge Carl Nichols issued a temporary injunction.

There was no reason given for the decision taken by the court, and the opinion was sealed. The judge decided on a rare Sunday telephone hearing. Nichols agreed after hearing the arguments from both parties.

The TikTok lawyer said that banning of the app would be retaliatory as millions of Americans use the public forum. He also said that to address the national security issues raised by Trump, negotiations are already underway regarding the ownership of TikTok.