TikTok ban of November 12 has been lifted after federal court ruling

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The planned shutdown of TikTok on November 12 in the US is canceled. Three users argued that their works are informative and therefore protected, in which a federal judge agreed. There is currently no next date for the TikTok ban.

The works on TikTok are, according to users and the courts, protected under the ‘freedom of speech’ clause of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. That writes The Verge. The US Department of Commerce would introduce restrictions on, among other things, web hosting and content delivery on November 12, so that the app would no longer work in practice.

With the ruling of this judge, that is now over. A possible election of Joe Biden as president of the US may end the conflict with TikTok, but the next inauguration is scheduled for January 20. A new attempt by the current government can therefore still take place in the meantime.

President Trump wrote in a decree in August that there is “ credible evidence ” that Chinese TikTok parent company ByteDance “ may take action that threatens to harm the national security of the United States. ” The president then gave ByteDance a sales deadline of 90 days after publication of that decree. This gave the Chinese company until November 12 to divest its American TikTok division.

The deal in which Oracle and Walmart will both become owners of TikTok’s US division has not yet been approved by the Chinese authorities, so concerns of the White House have not been allayed.

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