Last week, TikTok community scored another legal battle in TikTok’s fight against Trump’s ban of its video sharing app in the United States. U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone issued a temporary injunction on Friday blocking the TikTok ban in response to a motion filed by three popular TikTok creators with millions of followers, Douglas Marland, Cosette Rinab, and Alec Chambers.
The court documents argue that “Plaintiffs will lose access to all of their followers, as well as to the professional opportunities afforded by TikTok, without access to the app.” On TikTok, Douglas Marland has 2.7 million followers; Alec Chambers has 1.8 million followers; and Cosette Rinab has 2.3 million followers.
Vanessa Pappas, the interim head of TikTok, said in a statement that “We are deeply moved by the outpouring of support from our creators, who have worked to protect their rights to expression, their careers, and to helping small businesses, particularly during the pandemic.” “We stand behind our community as they share their voices, and we are committed to continuing to provide a home for them to do so,” she added.
On Sunday, The Commerce Department had said that it will “vigorously defend” an executive order that seeks to bar transactions with Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok after a federal judge halted the action, according to Reuters.
On August 6, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to block US transactions with ByteDance and Tencent, the parent companies of popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat, citing national security concerns.
This is not the first time that the TikTok ban was blocked by the U.S. courts.
While the original deadline for the Chinese owners was September 20, a US judge issued a preliminary injunction blocking the WeChat ban temporarily, and the TikTok ban was postponed for 1 week after Trump said he had given the TikTok-Oracle deal his ‘blessings’. So, the latest deadline for TikTok was September 27.
Last month, hours before the ban would have gone into effect, a US judge granted a preliminary injunction and temporarily blocked the Trump Administration’s ban on the new downloads of TikTok.