Few weeks ago, the Commerce Department of the United States issued an executive order to Apple and Google to ban WeChat and TikTok from their respective app stores. However, the US District Judge Carl Nichols has now blocked the move.
The Judge said the US government ”must file a response to a request by TikTok for a preliminary injunction or delay the order by 2:30 pm EDT Friday.”
A similar situation happened in California, with a federal judge issuing a preliminary injunction blocking the ban of WeChat – another platform, owned by a Chinese conglomerate Tencent. TikTok claimed that the restrictions “are not motivated by a genuine national security concern” but are rather being used as a bargaining chip in the imminent general elections.
TikTok In A Deal With Oracle Approved By The U.S Government
According to last week reports, the U.S. President stated that he has “in principle” agreed to the solution received by the U.S. government regarding TikTok. The program does not involve technology and algorithm transfer.
“I have already expressed my blessing to this deal…I agreed to this deal in principle”,
Trump told reporters when he left the White House yesterday for a campaign rally in Fayetteville, New Carolina. However, it appears that this acceptance “in principle” will allow US users to continue to use the Chinese short video app. Nevertheless, there is still a need for a final and formal agreement of all parties.