TikTok ban ruling to be made after US election

TikTok ban ruling to be made after US election
TikTok has millions of users in the United States. Source: REUTERS/TIKTOK
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Daily US Times: A US hearing to decide whether to allow a local ban on popular Chinese micro-video sharing app TikTok to go ahead will take place on 4 November, the day after the election.

President Donald Trump announced plans to block any US transaction with the app’s Chinese parent ByteDance in August.

If allowed to proceed, the action would come into effect on 12 November.

The judge who will make the ruling has already prevented the US administration from forcing TikTok off Apple and Google’s app stores.

Judge Carl Nichols wrote at the time that while there was ample evidence that China presented a national security threat, it was less clear that TikTok itself posed a risk.

President Trump has indicated he will allow it to continue only if Oracle and Walmart take control.

However, Beijing may yet block such a deal from happening by forbidding Bytedance from selling some of its technologies to foreign businesses.

TikTok has millions of users in the United States. TikTok ban came into spotlight after Trump administration repeatedly accused the app for spying it’s US users.

ByteDance has denied that China could force it to provide access to its data, saying it is stored outside China’s jurisdiction in Singapore and the US.

A partnership with the database specialist Oracle and retailer Walmart would create a new company dubbed TikTok Global, with its headquarters in the US.

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