Court agrees to expedite United States govt TikTok app store ban appeal

US court agrees for fast-track hearing on government's Tik Tok app store ban appeal

US court agrees for fast-track hearing on government's Tik Tok app store ban appeal

A federal decide blocked the feds from banning new downloads of TikTok final month, however he didn't rule on the broader restrictions that may primarily halt the app's operations on November 12.

ByteDance, the Chinese company that owns the app, has come under pressure to sell the popular app. The Trump administration moved to appeal the judge's September 27 ruling last week. Earlier, a federal judge in California also issued a similar injunction, blocking the government' order to ban Tencent Holdings' WeChat app from U.S. app stores.

A hearing is set for Thursday on the government's request to immediately implement the ban on the Chinese messaging app.

The Chinese language-owned platform made the allegation in a courtroom submitting asking a federal decide to dam US Commerce Division guidelines that may successfully shut down the app subsequent month if it's not taken over by American traders.

Shuttering the app on November 12 as now scheduled would also "destroy" TikTok's relationships with advertisers and cause a "massive decrease" in the amount of content available on the platform globally, which would hurt its ability to attract and retain users, the company argues.

The company said the USA government has produced "no evidence that the TikTok source code has ever been compromised, shared or used for nefarious purposes; no evidence that the Chinese government has ever obtained access to any TikTok user data, let alone that of U.S. users; and no evidence that TikTok's recommendation engine systematically biases Chinese (or any other) political interest".

Moreover, the government has not provided any evidence to support the claims that Beijing has ever obtained access to any USA user data, TikTok lawyers said.

Last week, the Trump administration appealed Nichols' ruling blocking the download ban to the US Court of Appeals in Washington. The government is expected to file its arguments by 23rd October with oral arguments set for 4th November.

TikTok claims that opponents try to capitalize on the Trump administration's efforts to ban the favored video-sharing app within the US.

"No evidence that the TikTok source code has ever been compromised, shared or used for nefarious purposes; no evidence that the Chinese government has ever obtained access to any TikTok user data, let alone that of US users; and no evidence that TikTok's recommendation engine systematically biases Chinese (or any other) political interest", said TikTok. ByteDance also said: Any deal needs China's approval.

It is also reported that negotiations are now underway between Walmart and Oracle to obtain stakes in a new company, called TikTok Global, that will oversee TikTok operations in the United States.

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