U.S. judge temporarily blocks Trump admin’s ban on new TikTok downloads

A U.S. judge has temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to bar Apple’s App Store and Google’s app store from offering Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok for download at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington D.C. issued the preliminary injunction in a brief order late on Sunday.

The Trump administration contends that TikTok poses national security concerns as personal data collected on 100 million American TikTok users could be obtained by China’s government.

TikTik logoDavid Shepardson for Reuters:

Nichols’ detailed written opinion is expected to be released as soon as Monday.

The Commerce Department said in a statement it “will comply with the injunction and has taken immediate steps to do so.”

The injunction comes at a time when negotiations are underway to hammer out terms of a preliminary deal for Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to take stakes in a new company, TikTok Global, that would oversee U.S. operations. Trump has said he had given the deal his “blessing.”

TikTok said it was pleased with the injunction and added it would maintain its “ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the president gave his preliminary approval to last week, into an agreement.”

MacDailyNews Take: The saga continues.

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  1. July 9, 2020

    After the Supreme Court ruled that his financial records could be studied by prosecutors in New York, he wrote: “The Supreme Court sends case back to Lower Court, arguments to continue. This is all a political prosecution. I won the Mueller Witch Hunt, and others, and now I have to keep fighting in a politically corrupt New York. Not fair…!”

  2. September 27, 2020

    Trump reacted angrily to the claims made in the Times report: “Actually I paid tax. And you’ll see that as soon as my tax returns are – it’s under audit, they’ve been under audit for a long time. The IRS [Internal Revenue Service] does not treat me well, they treat me like they treat the Tea Party… they treat me very, very badly. But they’re under audit and when they’re not I would be proud to show it.”

      1. You can’t outrun the long arm of the law. Trump will see exactly how efficient the IRS has been when his fine is delivered to him. Such a shame that they chose to not press charges against a sitting president — a stupid tradition that offers infinitely more respect than the criminal deserves. Also more respect than First Troll and Anal-Obsessed Hal deserve.

        It will be sweet justice to see the Trump family house o cards tumble. In 2021 they may be flipping hamberders and Melania turning tricks for her next potential fat sugar daddy / green card sponsor. Maybe Roger Stone has a spare icebox in his Penguin Lair where Ivanka and Jerod could sleep. Press is gonna have a field day when all the facts are known. Trump will make corrupt drunk Nixon look like a small time crook.

        1. If the IRS audit showed that criminal charges should be filed, the agency might be holding it open pending the date (January 20, 2021 or 2025) when the new Attorney General will agree to file charges.

    1. Some people are proud to be honest and support our nation. Assholes like you love to fly your chinese made flags and then do nothing when the clear line between tax avoidance and tax evasion is blatantly crossed by one of your club.

      America will never be great if its so-called leaders divide the nation and take actions mostly out of fear of being caught in his charade, as opposed to ensuring that every citizen is investing in making the nation better — in objective measures, not in vague promises of greatness that are never defined.

    2. Trump owes hundreds of millions to his creditors. No wonder he wanted to run for president. He wanted to enrich himself via emoluments and yes quid pro quo. You know it and everyone knows it.

      You also know that paying his Ivanka “consulting fees” when she’s still a full-time employee of the organization, and writing off those “fees” as business expenses is definitely fraud.

      If you don’t know that, you should care more about tax law, you partisan dipshit.

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