Udayavni Special

TikTok asks judge to block Trump’s ban as deadline looms

PTI, Sep 24, 2020, 9:06 AM IST

New York: Chinese-owned TikTok asked a judge to block the Trump administration’s attempt to ban its app, suggesting the video-sharing app”s forced deal with Oracle and Walmart remains unsettled.

An app-store ban of TikTok, delayed once by the government, is set to go into effect on Sunday. A more comprehensive ban is scheduled for November, about a week after the presidential election.

President Donald Trump set this process in motion with executive orders in August that declared TikTok and another Chinese app threats to US national security. The administration has offered no specifics to substantiate that charge.

Trump has pushed for a sale of TikTok”s US operations to an American company. The president said this week that he would bless a proposed deal in which Oracle and Walmart take a 20-per cent stake in a new US entity to be called TikTok Global. But he also said he could retract his approval if Oracle does not “have total control”.

The two sides in the TikTok deal appear at odds over the corporate structure of TikTok Global. ByteDance, TikTok”s Chinese parent, said on Monday that it will still own 80 per cent of the US entity after a financing round. Oracle, meanwhile, put out a statement saying that Americans “will be the majority and ByteDance will have no ownership in TikTok Global”.

Chinese media has criticised the deal, suggesting that the Chinese government is not happy with the arrangement. The Chinese government complicated deal arrangements in August when it restricted exports of artificial-intelligence tech like that used by TikTok. One editorial in the state-owned China Daily on Wednesday called the deal a “dirty and underhanded trick”.

In its filing in federal court in the District of Columbia, TikTok said Trump”s August 6 executive order is unlawful. So are resulting Commerce Department prohibitions that aim to kick TikTok out of US app stores and, in November, essentially shut it down in the US, it claimed.

The Chinese firm said the president does not have the authority to take these actions under the national-security law he cited; that the ban violates TikTok”s First Amendment speech rights and Fifth Amendment due-process rights; and that there”s no authority for the restrictions because they are not based on a national emergency.

Representatives for the Commerce Department and Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Trump administration, in August, also began a process to ban Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat. Restrictions that would effectively have made the app impossible to use were set to go into effect on Sunday.

Over the weekend, a federal judge in California approved a request from a group of US WeChat users to delay those restrictions. She said the government”s actions would affect users” First Amendment rights.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

‘Dynastic corruption’ a part of political tradition in many states: PM Narendra Modi

J-K parties slam changes in land laws, say UT has been put up for sale

Centre amends laws to allow people from outside J&K to buy land there

US stands with India in its efforts to defend its sovereignty, liberty: Pompeo

Current guidelines on reopening of activities to be applicable till Nov 30: Centre

Finance Minister sees GDP growth in negative zone or near zero in current fiscal

Kerala first state to fix floor price for vegetables: CM

Related Articles More

Pompeo to hold talks with Sri Lankan leaders during 2-day Colombo visit

Stop sowing discord between China, regional countries: Beijing on Pompeo’s visit to India

Long-term immunity in doubt as UK study finds COVID-19 antibodies fall rapidly

Embattled Malaysian PM gets respite but survival in balance

At least 4 students killed in blast at religious school in Pakistan


Mangalore Dasara -2020 Highlights

Paschima Jagara Pooja starts at Sri Krishna Math

Mysore Dasara 2020: A Simplified Historical Jambusawari

Dasara 2020: Covid Anxiety Disrupts Mysore

Viral Video: Man Seen Swimming through flooded streets

Latest Additions

Thokkattu: Newlywed couple dies in tragic accident

SC asks Centre to take further steps in bringing back Indians still stranded in Kuwait

Facebook India’s head of Public Policy Ankhi Das quits company

Kinetic Green launches electric cargo 3-wheeler ‘Safar Jumbo’

Hero MotoCorp, Harley-Davidson join hands for Indian market

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.