After citing threats to national security, Donald Trump issued a motion from the White House to ban Tiktok in the United States recently. However, a US Federal Judge reversed the decision by stating that this ban was merely based on assumptions, and the White Authorities could not provide relevant details to support the claim.
The Chinese App Tiktok is widely popular in the US, UK, and other parts of the world because of its interactive features, helping users upload their own versions of dubbed videos. TikTok’s rapid surge in the app store alarmed USUS authorities for some unknown reasons, and their decision was not very welcome by millions of USUS users of the application.
District Judge Carl Nichols is currently the second judge to rule out Tiktok’s ban in the US and issued a statement calling the move “arbitrary”. Nichols himself is a Trump appointee. The US Commerce Department had issued the ban notice to prevent any financial transactions between Tiktok’s parent company Bytedance and US users. This, they claimed, was done to prevent spying by Chinese intelligence on US citizens. However, during judicial trials, it soon became apparent that these were just based on assumptions and not solid proof. The 2nd Court proceeding is scheduled to rule out the ban entirely and bring Tiktok back to the top app lists.
Tiktok had recently broken all app download records in the US and significant parts of Asia like India, Pakistan, Japan, Srilanka, etc. In fact, statistics revealed that the amount of taxes paid by Bytedance to the Chinese government was more than any other app development companies in the market. The move to ban the application may just be a case of ire, feel technology experts.
In October, a group of social media influencers filed a suit in Pennsylvania against the ban imposed by the Trump government. The suit blocked Trump’s motion, and they appealed to higher judiciary authorities to face a backlash yet again. Nichols issued statements mentioning that Tiktok’s ban would surely mean irreparable harm to Bytedance and make users shift to alternate applications with similar features. It is still to be ascertained if this was the intended move from the very beginning.
Another reason for Trump’s sudden wrath on the application can be because of the anti-administration campaign happening on the application where users posted millions of videos lampooning the President’s administration. Tiktok, along with the likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, were pivotal social media outreach methods for US citizens for voicing their opinions on the US elections, which saw a Biden victory.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross consistently vouched for the Tiktok ban from the very start of its start of amassing popularity. However, the imposed ban would be completely obsolete with these trials coming to an end. US user data safety protocols are already being discussed to safeguard their citizens against any foreign intrusion into their privacy. This places Oracle into a decider spot as talks are in place to put them in charge of data security processes.