Tuesday, 20 October, 2020

Judge blocks USA ban on WeChat app downloads

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Cecil Davis | 19 October, 2020, 01:01

Reuters reports that Judge Laurel Beeler has issued a preliminary injunction blocking a Commerce Department order that would remove WeChat from U.S. app stores by the end of September 20th.

Washington D.C. District Judge Carl Nichols agreed to TikTok's request for a temporary injunction against the US ban after claiming that the Trump administration "likely exceeded the lawful bounds" of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.

TikTok has maintained that it does not share U.S. user data with the Chinese government and would not do so. If that is the case, I'm not going to be happy with that, ' Trump told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. The ministry condemned the ban on TikTok and We-Chat, and urged the United States to stop what it called bullying behaviour, adding, China will "take necessary measures to resolutely safeguard legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies".

ByteDance and Oracle representatives didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. TikTok added 247,000 new installs Friday, marking a 12 percent increase from Thursday, Sensor Tower's data showed.

After the recent contradicting claims of the ownership structure in the new entity 'TikTok Global, ' I am not even surprised by the latest roadblock that has emerged for this deal.

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The move stymies the Trump administration's attempt to crack down on China-owned internet services, at least until the lawsuit comes to its conclusion. This is because Douyin, the Chinese equivalent of Tiktok, also owned by ByteDance probably uses the same source code as TikTok, and therefore, the article claims the USA can easily get its eyes on the operations of the Chinese app. "We are a hundred percent confident in our ability to deliver a highly secure environment to TikTok and ensure data privacy to TikTok's American users, and users throughout the world", Oracle CEO Safra Catz said in a statement.

ByteDance's statement also disputed a remark by the president about a $5 billion payment included in the deal.

ByteDance seems to have not completely and publicly given up its ownership, said a report from The Verge. But the conflicting statements could derail this altogether, said a report from Variety. Moreover, the author thinks that the demand placed by Americans for providing the source code of TikTok to Oracle is preposterous.

Chinese officials have repeatedly stressed the position that ByteDance should not be coerced by the U.S.

Abbott tweeted again Tuesday, writing, "TikTok deal will bring 25,000 jobs to Texas".