TikTok’s App Store Ban Blocked By Federal Judge

TikTok was scheduled to be banned from app stores on September 27, but a federal judge issued a last-minute ruling that blocked the US government order. TikTok, for now, remains available in US app stores.

Earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered TikTok and WeChat to be removed from app stores starting September 20. However, TikTok’s deadline was then moved to September 27 after Trump gave his preliminary approval on ByteDance’s transition into a new company called TikTok Global, with Walmart and Oracle owning 20% of the company.

ByteDance then filed for a preliminary injunction on September 23, seeking to prevent TikTok’s imminent removal from app stores. In the motion, the tech company argued that the ban infringed upon its Fifth Amendment right to due process and First Amendment right to free speech. On September 27, a mere few hours before the government order went into effect, Judge Carl Nichols of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted TikTok’s preliminary injunction.

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