Judge Temporarily Blocks Ban on Tiktok What’s Next
What’s in the future for TikTok and where are the influencers going now?
According to the latest ruling, the TikTok app will still be available to download in app stores, but ruling did not address other restrictions set to take effect in November.
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A federal judge halted a Trump administration order to ban TikTok in the United States on Sunday, September 27th.
A federal judge in Washington, D.C., granted TikTok a preliminary injunction against the ban, which was set to take effect this past Sunday at midnight and would’ve forced TikTok to be removed from app stores.
It would have required Apple and Google to remove the service from their respective app stores, preventing new users from downloading it, but would not have stopped existing TikTokers from continuing to access the app on their own devices. (resource)
The ruling did not address other restrictions in the Executive Order that will take effect on November 12th and will make the app harder to use for those already on it.
The November order will bar any American company from providing services to TikTok. That order would have make the app impossible to use in the US, TikTok has said, effectively banning it entirely.
Lawyers for TikTok argued that taking the app away was essentially a violation of the rights of users to share their views, both weeks before an election and during pandemic that’s limited real-life interactions. John Hall, one of the app’s attorneys, said a ban would “be no different from the government locking the doors to a public forum.”