Trump Ban on TikTok Is Temporarily Blocked by Federal Judge

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(Bloomberg) — President Donald Trump’s ban on TikTok was temporarily blocked by a federal judge, dealing a blow to the government in its showdown with the popular Chinese-owned app that it says threatens national security.



a close up of a logo: The logo for ByteDance Ltd.'s TikTok app is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Oracle Corp. is the winning bidder for a deal with TikTok’s U.S. operations, people familiar with the talks said, after main rival Microsoft Corp. announced its offer for the video app was rejected.


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The logo for ByteDance Ltd.’s TikTok app is arranged for a photograph on a smartphone in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. Oracle Corp. is the winning bidder for a deal with TikTok’s U.S. operations, people familiar with the talks said, after main rival Microsoft Corp. announced its offer for the video app was rejected.

After an unusual Sunday morning hearing, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction against the ban on new downloads of the video-sharing network, which would have gone into effect at 11:59 p.m. in Washington. The judge declined to grant an injunction on a separate set of prohibitions scheduled for Nov. 12 that are designed to further curb the app’s use in the U.S.

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TikTok’s owner, ByteDance Ltd., requested the hold after the president ordered the app out of American stores unless the company sold a stake in its U.S. operations to a domestic buyer. The ban would have removed TikTok from stores run by Apple Inc. and Google’s Android, the most widely used marketplaces for apps. People who didn’t yet have the app wouldn’t have been able to get it, and those who already had it wouldn’t have access to updates needed to ensure its safe and smooth operation. TikTok has been downloaded by more than 100 million Americans.

“We’re pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and

TikTok US ban has been temporarily blocked by a federal judge

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  • A federal judge has temporarily blocked a ban on the TikTok app in the US.
  • The ban was supposed to go into full effect at the end of the day on Sunday.
  • Instead, the app will continue to be available while the court continues to go over the case.

TikTok users and creators in the US can rest easy for now. The planned ban of the popular social networking mobile app in the US ordered by the Trump administration has now been blocked by a federal judge, at least for the time being.

Originally, the TikTok ban was supposed to go into full effect at midnight Eastern time on Sunday under orders from the Commerce Department. However, according to NPR, the judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia, Carl Nichols, decided to stop the ban.

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Judge Nichols heard arguments from both the Trump administration’s lawyers, along with lawyers representing TikTok, over the phone on Sunday. TikT0k’s attorneys argued that shutting down access to the app violated the company’s First Amendment free speech rights. However, attorneys for the US Department of Justice claimed that TikTok was “the most immediate national security threat.”  They claimed the app, owned by China-based ByteDance, could have data collected from its users taken by the Chinese government. TikTok has repeatedly denied this would happen.

However, in the end, Judge Nichols decided in TikTok’s favor. There’s no word on why he made this ruling. This means TikTok can continue to be available to US users while a full court hearing on this case goes through.

Meanwhile, we are still waiting to see if a deal to purchase TikTok’s US assets will actually happen. The Trump administration has given an in-principle nod to a deal between Oracle,

Apple will temporarily stop taking a 30 percent cut on Facebook event fees

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Earlier this year, Facebook launched a new feature that let small businesses create paid online events. The company framed it as a way of helping organizations struggling with lost revenue during the pandemic, and said that because of the exceptional circumstances, it would not collect any fees on purchases for these events until August 2021.

But the social network also stressed that any payments made on iOS would be subject to Apple’s standard 30 percent platform fees, noting this meant less money for small businesses. As Fidji Simo, head of Facebook’s main app, said at the time: “We asked Apple to reduce its 30% App Store tax or allow us to offer Facebook Pay so we could absorb all costs for businesses struggling during COVID-19. Unfortunately, they dismissed both our requests and [small businesses] will only be paid 70% of their hard-earned revenue.”

Facebook’s framing of this policy as Apple vs the little guy seems to have worked, and the social network now says Apple will let it process payments for online events using Facebook Pay. That means no 30 percent fee for Apple and more money for businesses, at least in the short term. Facebook says all businesses are eligible except Facebook Gaming creators and that the policy will also only last until the end of 2020.

Apple confirmed the news to The Verge and said that collecting a fee from apps offering services that take place outside the app itself is a long-held App Store policy. Since the pandemic hit and more businesses have started selling virtual events, the iPhone maker has had similar disagreements with other firms. Facebook is not the first company it’s waived fees for until the end of the year, and Apple says

Apple Temporarily Waives 30% Fee for Facebook Paid Live Events, but Not for Gaming Creators

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In an unusual move, Apple has agreed to not collect the App Store’s 30% “tax” on purchases made through Facebook’s app for live paid events — but only through the end of 2020. Moreover, Apple will still take a 30% cut of paid livestreams from video-game  creators using the paid-livestream feature.

The ongoing clash of tech titans is the latest in the public fight some app developers are waging against Apple over its App Store business practices, which they say are unfair.

Facebook complained that Apple agreed only to a short moratorium on collecting in-app fees for paid live events, which it launched last month. For its part, Facebook says it won’t take a cut of creators or businesses’ revenue for livestreaming events until at least August 2021, citing economic hardships inflicted by the COVD pandemic.

“Apple has agreed to provide a brief, three-month respite after which struggling businesses will have to, yet again, pay Apple the full 30% App Store tax,” Facebook spokesman Joe Osborne said.

Asked for comment, an Apple spokesman said, “The App Store provides a great business opportunity for all developers, who use it to reach half a billion visitors each week across 175 countries. To ensure every developer can create and grow a successful business, Apple maintains a clear, consistent set of guidelines that apply equally to everyone.”

According to Apple, it has given Facebook as well as ClassPass and Airbnb until the end of 2020 to implement in-app purchase for in-person businesses using their paid online events feature.

Meanwhile, the social giant was forced to make a concession to exclude gaming streamers to obtain the “temporary reprieve for other businesses” from Apple, according to Facebook Gaming VP Vivek Sharma.

“Apple’s decision to not collect its 30% tax on paid online events comes with a