TikTok has been temporarily saved from U.S. app store banishment, thanks to U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols.
On September 27, Judge Nichols issued a preliminary injunction, which saved the app from being banned in the U.S.
The social media giant has welcomed the decision.
"We're pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban,"a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement. “We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees. At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement.”
The Commerce Department has also responded to the TikTok preliminary injunction.
"The Government will comply with the injunction and has taken immediate steps to do so, but intends to vigorously defend the E.O. and the Secretary’s implementation efforts from legal challenges," it said, in a statement.
The future of TikTok in the U.S. is still unclear a Nichols did not block the broader TikTok ban, which is scheduled for November 12.
Oracle (ORCL) - Get Oracle Corporation Report and Walmart (WMT) - Get Walmart Inc. Report are partnering to buy TikTok but there's been a confusion if ByteDance, the Chinese parent company of the app, is ready to give up its full ownership to the pair.
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