A U.S. judge in Washington late on Sunday temporarily blocked a Trump administration order that was set to bar Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google from offering Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok for download at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.
On August 6, Trump signed an executive order banning any US transactions with ByteDance, set to take effect in 45 days.
Later on August 14, he issued another executive order, requiring ByteDance to divest its interests in TikTok’s operations in the US within 90 days.
On Sept. 19, the Commerce Department delayed the ban to give the companies an additional week to finalize a deal.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has claimed TikTok and other applications like WeChat are feeding data directly to China’s national security apparatus.
TikTok, owned by ByteDance, said in its initial petition even a temporary ban would “inflict devastating and irreparable harm”.
“Until the administration’s intervention, TikTok was one of the fastest-growing apps in the United States, and its continued rapid growth is necessary to maintain its competitive market position,” TikTok argued.