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President Trump’s months-long fight to ban TikTok looks set to end in failure.
His administration has agreed to extend the timetable for a lawsuit beyond the point when Trump is due to leave office, a move that passes the issue to President-elect Joe Biden, who, experts say, is unlikely to fight for it.
TikTok filed its suit in September to stop Trump’s executive order banning further downloads of the app he signed while campaigning for re-election. Trump claimed TikTok’s ties to China threatened national security.
On Tuesday, both sides agreed to extend the deadline for filing documents to February 18. The previous deadline was January 19, the day before Joe Biden will succeed Trump as president of the United States.
Experts close to decision makers in Washington think this signals the end of the suit, saying they doubt Biden’s administration – which can rescind Trump’s executive order – will be determined to fight for a ban.
Dr Steven Buckley of the University of West of England, who studies US politics and its interactions with technology, says it’s “highly unlikely” the new administration “will pursue further direct action against TikTok specifically”.
He says the lawsuit “reflects a trend in Trump’s approach to …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech