Washington, United States:
The Trump administration on Monday appealed a federal court ruling allowing TikTok to continue operating in the US despite attempts to block the popular social media application on national security grounds.
The Justice Department appealed to enforce a ban on TikTok by President Donald Trump, who has argued that the app’s Chinese parent company could use TikTok to spy and spread disinformation.
The filing contained no arguments in favor of enforcing the ban, which US District Judge Carl Nichols rejected earlier this month and was filed in a parallel case in Pennsylvania.
Nichols said TikTok’s attorneys revealed that the trading department likely exceeded its authority by attempting to ban the popular social media app and “acted arbitrarily and capriciously by not considering obvious alternatives “.
The White House claims TikTok is a national security risk as it may have ties to the Beijing government through its Chinese owner, ByteDance.
Trump’s order said the action was necessary to “protect our national security” and claimed TikTok users’ personal information could be used by Beijing.
TikTok has repeatedly defended itself against allegations of data transmission to the Chinese government, stating that user information is stored on servers in the US and Singapore.
TikTok has yet another battle in hand over an Aug. 14 order from Trump to force ByteDance to sell its U.S. operations to an American buyer.
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