TickTalk ban: U.S. court hears appeal against blocking app store downloads

The U.S. Court of Appeals on Monday questioned the Trump administration’s efforts to ban Americans from downloading Chinese-owned TickTalk from U.S. App Stores.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nicholas in Washington on September 27 Blocked Hours earlier, the Commerce Department had ordered a ban on new downloads of the mini-video-sharing app.

Prohibition is required Of Apple And the Alphabets Google To remove the app from their stores, prevent new users from downloading or downloading updated versions of existing users. This does not stop existing users from accessing the app on their devices.

Court of Appeals judges Judith Rogers, Patricia Millett and Robert Wilkins TickTalk And Monday morning government 90 minutes. The three judges were nominated by previous Democratic presidents.

Two judges have expressed doubts with the central government’s argument as to whether the precedent applies.

“I know what you’re saying, but Congress wrote this language – it seems to be flying in the opposite direction,” Rogers said.

On December 4, the Trump administration chose Should not be granted TickTalk owner Bite Dance A new extension of the order required for the company to disassemble TicTac’s US assets. Tick ​​Tack’s attorney, Beth Brinkman, said during the court hearing that “negotiations” on the application’s fate were ongoing.

President Donald Trump Order, Issued in August, Empowered the Department of Justice to execute withdrawal orders upon expiration. But a week passed and the department did not go to court seeking to force the withdrawal.

The administration has argued that Tiktok faces national security issues because the Chinese government has been able to obtain personal data of US users. TickTalk, which has more than 100 million US users, has denied the allegations.

Under pressure from the US government, ByteDance has been in talks for months Finalize the contract With Walmart And Oracle Transferring TicTac’s US assets to a new entity with the aim of satisfying the divestacher order.

On December 7, Judge Nicholas granted the sentence separately Basic prohibition Preventing the U.S. Department of Commerce from imposing sanctions on Tic Tac Toe, which effectively prevents its use in the United States.

Nicholas issues an injunction in a case filed by ByteDance after U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetle Stone in Pennsylvania Pre-blocked The same restrictions will take effect from November 12.

Beatstone also blocked the App Store ban. A special appellate court in Philadelphia heard provisional arguments on her Feb. 11 ruling.

The Department of Commerce has called for a ban on data hosting within the United States for ticking, content delivery services and other technical transactions.

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