Appeals court schedules Dec. 14 hearing on blocked U.S. TikTok new user ban

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal appeals court said on Wednesday it would hear oral argument on Dec. 14 on the government’s appeal against an order blocking Apple Inc’s and Alphabet’s Google’s ban from offering TikTok for download in US app stores.

On September 27, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington blocked the Commerce Department’s order hours before a ban on new downloads of the Chinese-owned short video-sharing app.

The Appeal Panel is composed of Justice Judith Rogers, Patricia Millett and Robert Wilkins. All three were appointed by previous Democratic presidents.

The Trump administration last week extended until Friday the deadline for China’s parent company TikTok ByteDance to sell TikTok’s U.S. assets. The Trump administration maintains that TikTok poses national security concerns because the personal data of American users could be obtained by the Chinese government. TikTok, which has more than 100 million US users, denies this claim.

The administration had previously granted ByteDance a 15-day extension of the order issued in August. On August 14, President Donald Trump ordered ByteDance to divest the app’s U.S. assets within 90 days.

Under pressure from the US government, ByteDance has been in talks for months to finalize a deal with Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to move TikTok’s US assets into a new entity.

ByteDance has made a new proposal to address US government concerns, Reuters reported last week.

The US Treasury said last week that the extension had been granted to consider a recently received “revised bid”.

ByteDance made the proposal after revealing on November 10 that it had submitted four previous proposals, including one in November, which sought to address US concerns by “creating a new entity, 100% owned by Oracle, Walmart and investors. US users in ByteDance, who is responsible for managing US TikTok user data and content moderation. “

On October 30, U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone blocked another aspect of a Commerce Department order to go into effect on November 12 that would have effectively prevented TikTok from operating in the United States.

Beetlestone urged the agency to ban US data hosting for TikTok, content delivery services and other technical transactions.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Edited by Chris Reese and Dan Grebler

Original © Thomson Reuters

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