Judge Steps In For TikTok

Issue 38

09.28.20 - On Saturday a federal judge granted the video app TikTok a temporary injunction against an attempt to ban the app in the United States by the White House. The injunction delays the ban of downloads of the app just hours before it was to go into effect.

John Hall, the attorney representing TikTok, recently said that the ban would have been an, "extraordinary action at the very time when the need for free open and accessible communication in America is at its zenith" - I.e. ahead of a presidential election.

Lawyers for the federal government, however, have stated that TikTok’s strong Chinese ties represents an immediate threat to national security. ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, is headquartered in China, and many worry about the data of American users falling into the hands of the Chinese government.

Judge Carl Nichols' opinion was issued under seal, so his exact rationale for the order is not public. However, in the midst of the emergency hearing, Nichols indicated that the administration's ban, as is, could be considered a "fairly significant deprivation" of the company's due process rights.

Source: New York Times