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US-China tensions

TikTok requests injunction against US app store ban

Challenge to Trump order comes as ByteDance struggles to seal restructuring deal

TikTok argued the US’s prohibitions ‘were not motivated by a genuine national security concern, but rather by political considerations relating to the upcoming general election’   © Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Financial Times) -- TikTok has asked a federal judge to prevent the Trump administration from blocking downloads of the video-sharing app starting on Sunday, as its parent company ByteDance nears a deadline for resolving the app's future in the US.

The company's plea for a preliminary injunction, filed in district court in Washington, argues the administration's orders preventing downloads from Apple and Google's app stores "dramatically exceed" the Department of Commerce and president's power under US law.

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