TikTok is not out of the woods yet. The Trump administration has just appealed a court order that prevents the Commerce Department from banning Chinese enforcement from the United States. To justify its guerrilla warfare against TikTok, Washington once again cites threats to American national security.
TikTok, the most downloaded app of 2020, is still in the sights of the United States. On Monday, December 28, 2020, the Trump administration filed an appeal against a court order that occurred a few weeks ago. On December 7, Carl Nichols, a Judge in a Washington court, decided to prohibit the U.S. Department of Commerce from imposing restrictions on TikTok. Nichols called the government’s attempts to ban them “arbitrary and capricious.”
This is not the first time the magistrate has ruled the way for Donald Trump’s administration, determined to ban TikTok before the impending end of his term. In September, Carl Nichols had already banned an order to exclude TikTok from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. After an appeal trial, Washington managed to put the decision back on hold.
TikTok is a threat to national security, accuses Washington
In the appeal, seen by our AFP colleagues, the government once accused TikTok of representing a “threat to the national security” of the United States. “There is credible evidence that I believe that ByteDance could take measures that could harm the national security of the United States,” Donald Trump said a few months ago.
At the same time, negotiations between ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, and Oracle continue. Nevertheless, it should be noted that the U.S. government has not agreed to offer a new deadline for an agreement between the two parties. But despite the outgoing president’s frantic threats, the Chinese application has not been excluded from American soil. For now, TikTok’s fate remains uncertain. Especially since the negotiations between ByteDance and Oracle are closely scrutinized by the Chinese government, anxious to prevent the transfer of TikTok’s valuable content recommendation algorithms.