In August President Trump issued executive orders to ban TikTok and WeChat in 45 days, citing national security fears.
In December last year the Army banned use of the app on government-issued devices citing that the app is a “cyber threat.”
Apparently that Pentagon advice is not good enough for Obama-appointed Judge Wendy Beetlestone as on Friday she issued an injunction blocking the President’s restrictions of TikTok operating in the U.S. on November 12.
“TikTok has won another battle in its fight against the Trump administration’s ban of its video-sharing app in the U.S. — or, more accurately in this case, the TikTok community won a battle.
This particular lawsuit was not led by TikTok itself, but rather a group of TikTok creators who use the app to engage with their million-plus followers.
According to the court documents, plaintiff Douglas Marland has 2.7 million followers on the app; Alec Chambers has 1.8 million followers; and Cosette Rinab has 2.3 million followers. The creators argued — successfully as it turns out — that they would lose access to their followers in the event of a ban, as well as the “professional opportunities afforded by TikTok.” In other words, they’d lose their brand sponsorships — meaning, their income.
This is not the first time that the U.S. courts have sided with TikTok to block the Trump administration’s proposed ban over the Chinese-owned video sharing app. Last month, a D.C. judge blocked the ban that would have removed the app from being listed in U.S. app stores run by Apple and Google.
That ruling had not, however, stopped the November 12 ban that would have blocked companies from providing internet hosting services that would have allowed TikTok to continue to operate in the U.S.
The Trump administration had moved to block the TikTok app from operating in the U.S. due to its Chinese parent company, ByteDance, claiming it was a national security threat. The core argument from the judge in this ruling was the “Government’s own descriptions of the national security threat posed by the TikTok app are phrased in the hypothetical.”
That hypothetical risk was unable to be stated by the government, the judge argued, to be such a risk that it outweighed the public interest. The interest, in this case, was the more than 100 million users of TikTok and the creators like Marland, Chambers and Rinab that utilized it to spread “informational materials,” which allowed the judge to rule that the ban would shut down a platform for expressive activity.”
Read the whole story here.
Last August I wrote about the threats coming from the Chicoms associated with this app:
“How much of security threat is using TikTok? For starters, it’s owned by the Chicoms.
Second: The app uses facial recognition technology and is storing user’s facial geometry.
Third: The app violates children privacy laws (which is the majority of users). TikTok paid a $5.7 million fine to the FTC in 2019 over collecting personal information from kids under 13, a violation of the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act.
From what I’ve read online, this app collects more data from a phone than any other app does including IP addresses, contacts, browsing histories and unique device identifiers.
Lastly: It’s owned by the Chicoms.”
I’d bet $1,000 that ANYTHING associated with the Chicoms IS a REAL risk. Especially this:
Better than Drudge Report. Check out Whatfinger News, the Internet’s conservative frontpage founded by ex-military!