The planned closing of TikTok on November 12 in the US is off. Three users argued that their works were informative and thus protected, with a federal judge agreeing. There is currently no next date for the TikTok ban
The works on TikTok are protected by users and the courts under the “freedom of expression” clause of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. That writes The Verge. The U.S. Department of Commerce would introduce restrictions on web hosting, and content delivery on November 12, which would prevent the app from working in practice.
With this judge’s ruling, that’s off the table for now. Perhaps a possible election of Joe Biden as US President will end the conflict with TikTok, but the next inauguration is scheduled for January 20. So a new attempt by the current administration could take place in the meantime
President Trump wrote in august in a decree that there is “credible evidence” that China’s TikTok parent company ByteDance “may take action that threatens to harm the national security of the United States.” The president then gave ByteDance a 90-day sales deadline after that decree was published. With this, Chinese company had until November 12 to divest its U.S. TikTok division.
The deal in which Oracle and Walmart both become owners of TikTok’s U.S. division has not yet been approved by the Chinese authorities, which has not yet allayed the White House’s concerns.