Chinese app TikTok will not be kicked out of US app stores just
This is after a federal judge on Sunday partially permitted Tiktok's
request for a temporary order blocking the push by the Donald Trump
administration to ban the app in the US.
The ruling now bars a ban by the US government on downloading of the TikTok app coming only a few hours before the Trump policy was to be effected.
Judge Carl Nichols’ verdict offers a reprieve for the popular TikTok after it went to court last week to challenge the Trump ban, terming it unconstitutional and a violation of due process.
The judge’s opinion was issued under seal but he argued that the ban by the Trump administration could be deemed a "fairly significant deprivation" of the firms due process rights.
The US Commerce Department had announced in early September that downloading of TikTok would be banned from September 20, with more restrictions to be effected on November 12.
The bans would effectively make it illegal for internet backbone companies to carry TikTok's internet traffic.
This comes as a deal involving TikTok’s Chinese parent company ByteDance on one side and Oracle and Walmart on the other remained pending.
The agreement was meant to deal with President Trump's concerns about the app in relation to national security and sought to give at least partial ownership to US companies and investors.
In a statement on Sunday, TikTok expressed it satisfaction with the ruling.
"We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees," TikTok said.