Washington, United States:
A US federal judge late Sunday halted a politically charged Trump administration-ordered ban on downloading the popular TikTok video app hours before it was due to go into effect.
District Judge Carl Nichols, at TikTok’s request, issued an injunction that the White House has identified as a national security threat because its Chinese parent company is tied to the Beijing government.
The opinion was sealed so that no reason for the decision was released in a unilateral order by the Washington court.
The Trump Administrative Order sought to ban new downloads of the app from midnight (Monday, 4:00 a.m. GMT), but allow TikTok to be used until November 12, if all use would be blocked. The judge denied TikTok’s motion to suspend the November 12 ban.