The Trump administration was ordered to postpone a U.S. ban on TikTok set for Sunday, or respond by Friday to a request by the app’s Chinese owner for a court order temporarily blocking the ban.
The owner, ByteDance, is seeking a preliminary injunction on the ban even as it continues to pursue approvals from the administration for a sale of the video-sharing app’s U.S. operations to Oracle Corp. and Walmart, forced by President Donald Trump. It has asked the court to weigh its request ahead of the prohibition, which takes effect just before midnight on Sunday.
Following a hearing on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols gave the U.S. until 2:30 p.m. Friday to agree to delay its deadline or file court papers opposing ByteDance’s bid for the injunction. Without a delay of the ban, the judge would hold a hearing on the injunction request on Sunday morning.
On Thursday, the U.S. argued against an expedited schedule in the case, saying ByteDance had filed a separate suit more than a month ago and was late in requesting the injunction in this one.