The US government is appealing the ruling to block the Trump administration’s TickTalk ban, according to a new court. US District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington on December 7, 2020 Became second US judge to block Effort of commerce department Close the TikTok app Being downloaded from the US App Store, citing threats to national security.
The Trump administration had expressed concern over the videosharing app due to its Chinese ownership through parent company ByteDance and due to the potential risk to US user data from Teatalk being accessed by the Chinese government. It eventually the resulting President Trump’s decision to use his executive order power to ban TikTok from the US market.
In response, TikTok vowed to fight the order in court, while the case was upheld with the US companies over its possible operations in order to uphold the order.
However, before the December 7 decision on the matter, a group of Tiktok creators Ban successfully challenged, When US judge Wendy Beetlestone issued an injunction in Pennsylvania that blocked the restrictions, which would have prevented Tickcock from working in the US. The creators stated that the ban would cause them to lose their income through their brand sponsors and the platform through other opportunities.
Following that order, Judge Nichols in a separate Ticketok-led case ruled that Trump abdicated his authority in trying to ban the app from the US, citing the agency’s actions as “arbitrary and reckless”.
A spokesman for the US Department of Commerce said it would continue to abide by the injunctions at the time of the ruling, but would aim to “defend vigorously”. [executive order] And legal challenges the Secretary’s implementation efforts. “
Today, it has followed through on that statement with its appeal.
Of course, the decision whether the US would continue its effort to ban TickTock would eventually reside with the incoming Biden administration.
The news of today’s filing was the first Reuters.
Tikotok declined to comment on the appeal.
The Commerce Department spokesperson issued the following statement (12/28/20, 1:14 PM ET):
On December 7, 2020, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the enforcement of Executive Order (EO) 13942 limited to the Secretary of Commerce’s identification of prohibited transactions with TeakTalk or ByteDance. The court’s decision is consistent with a nationwide preliminary injunction granted by the United States District Court for Eastern District of Pennsylvania on October 30, 2020. The department states that the EO is fully compliant with the law and promotes legitimate national security interests. The government will continue to abide by the injunctions and take immediate steps to do so, but intends to vigorously defend the legal efforts of the EO and the Secretary.