TikTok will be gone from app stores tomorrow morning unless a federal judge acts to block the Trump administration's ban on the app before midnight tonight.
Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for DC said today that he will determine whether to grant or reject TikTok's request for an injunction on the ban before the deadline hits at the stroke of 12.
In a hearing on Thursday, Nichols gave the administration until Friday afternoon either to delay or defend the ban. The administration chose to file a response defending the ban but did so under seal, so the filings are not available to the public.
The judge set a hearing on the matter for 9:30 today. After spending more than 90 minutes Sunday morning listening to attorneys for both sides, Nichols said he would rule later in the day.
During the hearing, an attorney representing TikTok called the proposed ban "irrational" and "unprecedented," asking, "How does it make sense to impose this app store ban tonight when there are negotiations underway that might make it unnecessary?"
President Donald Trump banned TikTok and another China-based app, WeChat, in a pair of executive orders he signed on August 6. The executive orders declared the apps to be a "national emergency" and said that certain "transactions" would be prohibited, but the orders did not specify what those transactions might be until September 18, about 48 hours before the bans were first scheduled to take effect.
TikTok filed its request for an injunction (PDF) a few hours after the Commerce Department described what form the ban would take. Last weekend, the administration granted a one-week reprieve on the ban, extending the deadline to midnight (EDT) tonight, after the president gave his conditional "blessing" to a proposed deal between TikTok and Oracle.
The proposed ban would become unnecessary if China, the US Department of the Treasury, and the White House all agree to approve Read More – Source