The U.S. filed sealed papers opposing TikTok’s request to halt a Trump administration ban on the video-sharing app that’s scheduled to go into effect this weekend.
ByteDance, TikTok’s owner, has sought a temporary block on the ban, even as it pursues administration approvals for the sale of a stake in the video-sharing app to Oracle and Walmart. ByteDance wants the court to weigh its request ahead of the prohibition, which takes effect just before midnight on Sunday. President Donald Trump has told the company it can either sell its American TikTok business or get out of U.S. app stores.
On Friday, the judge granted the Justice Department’s request to file its opposition under seal. He had given the U.S. until 2:30 p.m. to delay the ban or fight TikTok’s request.
Both TikTok and WeChat, which is owned by China’s Tencent Holdings, have been labeled national-security threats by the Trump administration, which is seeking to stop their use in the U.S.—or, in TikTok’s case, force a sale to U.S. companies—on the grounds they could allow China’s government to gain access to the personal data of millions of Americans.