TikTok has avoided being removed from Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play US marketplaces after a judge issued a temporary injunction.
The video-sharing application was threatened with a government-ordered block, which would have resulted in it being removed at midnight local time in Washington DC yesterday (27 September).
Judge Carl Nichols of the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued the injunction after TikTok argued the block would be a violation of the First and Fifth Amendments of the US Constitution, violating freedom of speech and the firm’s right to due process.
The US government’s lawyers argued TikTok was a ‘‘mouthpiece’’ for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), due to the app being owned by Chinese company Bytedance, and that it poses a national security threat.
TikTok has said it would agree to a deal in which database company Oracle and retailer Walmart would take up to a 20% stake in the app, ahead of shares in the new TikTok Global being floated.
However, President Trump said he would not accept a deal that did not involve Bytedance giving control to both US firms.
In a statement, TikTok said: ‘‘We will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement.’’