Internet Governance

09/28/2020

TikTok Gets Reprieve As Judge Halts Trump Download Ban

Carl Szabo
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

An amicus brief filed by NetChoice, a trade group which includes Google, Facebook and Twitter, said a ban could have important implications for the global internet.

“The government’s actions are unprecedented in scope,” the group said in its filing.

A ban would “also create a dangerous precedent” for the open internet, the brief said.

“The prohibition on any use of TikTok code by US developers for any purpose is effectively a ban on the building blocks of digital free expression.”

The trade group said a TikTok ban may be cited by China or other countries “as justification for banning or restricting the activities of US internet businesses, including US-based social media platforms.”

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