Second US judge blocks Trump’s Tik Tok ban

Second US judge blocks Trump’s Tik Tok ban

 

A federal judge has hindered the endeavours of President Donald Trump to ban TikTok; the most recent legal defeat for the administration as it tries to wrest the popular app from its Chinese owners.

 

The Trump administration had attempted to boycott the short-structure video app from smart phone app stores in the U.S. furthermore; cut it off from imperative specialized services. TikTok sued, contending such actions would disregard free speech as well as due process rights.

Judge Carl Nichols of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., said in a ruling Monday that the Commerce Department “likely overstepped;” its use of presidential emergency powers “and acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner by failing to consider obvious alternatives.”

 

Nichols is the second federal judge to fully block the Trump administration’s economic sanctions against the app as the court cases proceed.

 

The Trump administration has alleged that TikTok is a security threat because the Chinese government could spy on app users’ personal data.

 

TikTok has denied it’s a security threat but said it’s still trying to work with the administration to resolve its concerns.

 

Trump in September gave his tentative blessing to a proposal by ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns TikTok; meant to resolve U.S. national security concerns by having the U.S. companies Oracle as well as Walmart invest in TikTok.

 

Oracle would manage U.S. user data under the arrangement. But a federal agency still has to review and finalize an arrangement.

 

A government deadline for ByteDance to complete the deal passed on Friday; and it’s not clear what the status of the agreement is.

 

 

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The Treasury Department, which chairs the agency reviewing the deal, said Friday that the agency “is engaging with ByteDance to complete the divestment; and other steps necessary to resolve the national security risks arising from the transaction.”

 

The Trump administration’s aggressive tactics are part of its latest attempt to counter the influence of China. Since taking office in 2017; Trump has waged a trade war with China, blocked mergers involving Chinese companies and stifled the business of Chinese firms like Huawei; a maker of phones and telecom equipment.

 

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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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