A judge in Pennsylvania has rejected a request from three TikTok content creators to temporarily block a ban on the app set to go into effect Sunday night. The app would bar new downloads from Google and Apple’s app stores in the US.
The platform’s algorithm allows’little-known creators to show their content to a large audience,’ according to a court filing. The court filing says it’s unique among social media platforms.
Marland has 2.7 million TikTok subscribers, rinab has 2.3 million, and Chambers has 1.8 million. The three argued that they would’lose access to tens of thousands of potential viewers and creators every month’.
Judge Wendy beetlestone said that the three failed to prove they would suffer’immediate, irreparable harm’. If new downloads are barred, since the app would remain operational for current subscribers.
A judge in the Northern District of California rejected a similar request for a temporary restraining order against a TikTok employee. Patrick Ryan, a technical program manager in TikTok’s Mountain View, California office, said the ban would have affected his income.
Judge Vince Chhabria said both scenarios represented’an unlikely chain of events’. Judge said Ryan was not likely to suffer irreparable harm without a restraining order.
A judge in Washington D.C. is expected to decide today whether to block the Trump administration’s ban on TikTok. The Justice Department said the injunction would’infringe on the president’s authority to block business-to-business economic transactions with a foreign entity in the midst of a declared national-security emergency’.
Tiktok argues in its request for an injunction that the Trump administration’s order violates its right to due process and freedom of speech.
President Trump originally gave parent company jumpdance until September 15th to sell the video-sharing app, citing security concerns. Tiktok got a last-minute reprieve after the president approved a tentative deal with Oracle last Sunday.
Hearing set for 9:30am et before U.S. district judge Carl Nichols in Washington. Hearing is set for 9.30am et.