The Trump administration defended its ban on TikTok in U.S. app stores, citing a Pennsylvania federal judge’s ruling Saturday against three TikTok users.
TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., has sued the Trump administration in federal court in Washington, seeking a temporary hold on President Donald Trump’s ban of the app, which is set to begin on Sunday night. A hearing in that case is scheduled for Sunday morning.
On Saturday, the Justice Department filed papers invoking the Pennsylvania judge’s denial of a similar hold that the TikTok users had requested and argued that the video-sharing app’s request to block the ban should be denied.
In the Pennsylvania case, three users who say they make a living on TikTok argued that the U.S. government had violated their First Amendment rights and exceeded the bounds of executive authority by moving to ban TikTok.