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US government denies request to delay TikTok download ban

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The Justice Department filed a sealed objection to the preliminary injunction request Friday morning, indicating the Sunday ban on TikTok remains in place.   © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- The U.S. government will not delay a ban on TikTok downloads set to take effect this Sunday, the Justice Department said in a court filing Friday.

A federal judge in Washington asked the Trump administration on Thursday to consider postponing the ban so the court would have more time to be briefed and decide the case. The U.S. government had till 2:30 p.m. Friday to notify the court whether it will postpone the deadline or file a motion of opposition to a preliminary injunction TikTok requested, Judge Carl J. Nichols said.

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