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U.S. Judge Halts Trump's TikTok Ban, Hours Before It Was Set To Start

The decision grants TikTok a short-term reprieve, but the wildly popular app's fate still faces an extraordinary amount of uncertainty.
In this photo illustration a mobile phone screen displays TikTok logo in front of a keyboard. Source: Anadolu Agency

Updated 11:16 p.m. ET

A federal judge on Sunday blocked President Trump's TikTok ban, granting a temporary reprieve to the wildly popular video-sharing app.

During a telephone court hearing on Sunday, lawyers for TikTok argued that Trump's clampdown infringed on free speech and due process rights.

John Hall, an attorney for TikTok, said that the app, with some 100 million American users, is a "modern day version of the town square" and shutting it down is akin to silencing speech.

Judge Carl Nichols

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