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US federal judge temporarily blocks TikTok ban

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (KUNA) -- A federal judge temporarily blocked Sunday evening President Donald Trump's ban on Chinese-owned app TikTok that was set to go into effect at midnight.
In this regard, the Department of Commerce said, in a statement on the ruling, "The Government will comply with the injunction and has taken immediate steps to do so." It affirmed that it "Intends to vigorously defend" the Executive Order and the Secretary of Commerce's "implementation efforts from legal challenges." It reiterated that the E.O. "is fully consistent with the law and promotes legitimate national security interests." For its part, TikTok said in a statement, "We're pleased that the court agreed with our legal arguments and issued an injunction preventing the implementation of the TikTok app ban." "We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees," it added.
It continued, "The same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the President gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement." (end) si.gta