Washington The US government has suffered another setback in court in its crackdown on the Tiktok video app. A judge in the state of Pennsylvania suspended an order from the Department of Commerce on Friday that would mean the complete end of Tiktok in the United States by November 12. It issued an injunction at the request of three Tiktok video writers who make a living on the platform.
A judge in Washington had previously suspended the download stop for the Tiktok app planned for the end of September, also with an injunction. The US government appealed against it. The download stop should cause Tiktok from the American app stores of Apple and Google disappear.
Tiktok belongs to the Chinese company Bytedance. US President Donald Trump describes the app as a security risk because Chinese authorities could use it to obtain data from US citizens. He wants to force at least the US business of Tiktok to come under the control of American owners. The government in China torpedoed talks about a sale with a new rule prohibiting the export of software algorithms without special permission.
Overall, the situation around Tiktok remains unclear. Trump had already announced that he had approved a fundamental deal that would ensure the continued existence of Tiktok in the US through the entry of the American companies Oracle and Walmart should secure. But since then there have been contradicting statements as to whether the new US partners or Bytedance should hold the majority in the global Tiktok business – and the conclusion of a final agreement has been delayed.
The three “Tiktokers” each have more than a million followers on the platform. In their application for an injunction, they argued, among other things, that the Ministry of Commerce did not have a sufficient legal basis for its action against the app. The judge in Washington also thought this was likely, which is why he suspended the download stop. With the measures planned for November 12, Bytedance is supposed to forbid, among other things, keeping data from US users and operating infrastructure for Tiktok.
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