TikTok US download ban blocked by judge… for now

TikTok has received a temporary reprieve in the US after a district judge temporarily blocked the Trump administration from banning downloads of the app.

Originally, the app was meant to be removed from app stores on 20 September. However, a deal between Oracle, Walmart, and the app’s parent company, ByteDance, convinced the US government to delay the ban for a week until 27 September, though there continues to be confusion among the parties involved as to what this agreement actually means.

Now, Judge Carl Nichols of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ordered a ‘preliminary injunction’ against that ban.

In spite of this order, TikTok still faces a wider reaching ban on 12 November, which would see it no longer be able to host its app, deliver content, or use its code in the US, making the app effectively defunct in the US.

In a separate hearing, a judge in Pennsylvania rejected a request from three TikTok creators to block the download ban on the app.

Douglas Marland, Cosette Rinab, and Alex Chambers – who each have in excess of 1.8m followers on TikTok – argued that the ban would damage their livelihoods and mean the lose access to more viewers, The Verge reports.

Judge Wendy Beetlestone agreed that the ban would be “an inconvenience” but said the ban wouldn’t create immediate harm, as creators would still be able to create and share content with their millions of current subscribers.