TikTok could end up being banned in the US after all. A US judge will hold a hearing on November 4 regarding the issue. It will decide whether to allow the US government to ban TikTok.
In other words, it will decide whether to bar transactions with TikTok. That would basically ban the use of the app in the States. As most of you know by now, TikTok was supposed to be banned last month, but a US judge stopped it.
A US District Judge Carl Nichols issued a preliminary injunction on September 27 that prevented the US Commerce Department from ordering Apple and Google app stores to remove TikTok for download for new users.
TikTok could be banned in the US after all, we’ll know more after November 4 hearing
That very same judge now has to decide whether to block the other aspects of the US Commerce Department order or not. Those orders are set to take effect on November 12, which is why this hearing will take place before then.
That’s not all, though. Some of you already know that Walmart and Oracle are trying to take stakes in a new company, TikTok Global. That company would oversee US operations of TikTok, after the US President, Donald Trump, gave its blessing for such a deal.
The thing is, this deal would also require China’s approval, said ByteDance, a company that owns TikTok. It will be interesting to see what happens next, that’s for sure.
The upcoming hearing will probably set a course for further actions from both sides. It is unlikely that there will be any progress from Walmart and Oracle before that hearing.
If the US District Judge decides to block the other aspects of the US Commerce Department order, the need for TikTok Global may not be necessary at all. There are several scenarios that could take place here, that’s for sure. We’ll know a lot more after November 4 hearing takes place.