The Washington District Court last night (Monday) issued a temporary restraining order against the Trump administration’s decision to block the Tiktok video-sharing app, hours before the administration’s decision not to allow its downloads from the app store takes effect.
Judge Carl Nichols, a candidate for President Donald Trump who joined the court last year, refused “at this stage” to ban additional trade restrictions set for Nov. 12, which Stiktok warned would lead to the app becoming unusable in the United States.
The ruling came at the conclusion of an emergency hearing in which Tiktok’s lawyers claimed that blocking the app violated the first amendment to the constitution and would cause irreparable damage to the company, which is used by one hundred million Americans. The judge did not elaborate on the reasons for the decision, leaving them confidential.
The legal issue comes after US President Donald Trump announced earlier this year that Tiktok, which is owned by Chinese company BateDance, poses a threat to national security, and that it must sell its operations in the United States to American companies or be banned in the country.
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