The Trump administration appealed the federal judge’s order on Monday, demanding that its restrictions will effectively prohibit the use of China-owned short video sharing app TikTok in the United States.
The government mentioned national security issues in the process of targeting TikTok, believing that the personal data of American users can be obtained by the Chinese government. TikTok, which has 100 million users in the United States, denies this accusation.
In the December 7 ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols issued an order in Washington prohibiting the Department of Commerce from banning TikTok’s data hosting, content delivery services, and TikTok’s ownership in the United States. Other technical transactions represented by Bytedance. Use the app in the United States.
The Justice Department stated that it is appealing Nichols’ order to the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia.
Another U.S. Court of Appeals will hear in February the appeal of the October ruling made by the U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone of Pennsylvania, which rejected the restrictions originally scheduled to take effect on November 12. .
The official who briefed the matter told Reuters that the government is unlikely to resolve TikTok’s fate in the United States before President Donald Trump steps down on January 20. They said it is still possible for the outside world to reach an agreement in January.
In another ruling in September, Nichols ordered the Commerce Department to ban Apple and Alphabet’s Google from removing TikTok apps from their stores.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration chose not to grant ByteDance a new extension to the president’s August order that required the company to divest TikTok’s assets in the United States. Once the time limit expires, the Ministry of Justice has the right to execute the divestment order.
In an interview with Reuters on December 16, the then Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen declined to say whether the Justice Department would seek to enforce the order. Rosen has since become the acting attorney general of the United States.
Under pressure from the US government, ByteDance has been in negotiations for months to finalize deals with Walmart and Oracle to transfer TikTok’s US assets to a new entity.
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