Judge to decide by Sunday if TikTok will remain in U.S. app stores

TikTok's fate in the U.S. Apple and Google app stores will be decided by Sunday, we are told.

A U.S. judge is expected to decide by Sunday whether Trump's ban on TikTok will be upheld, after a last-minute filing by the Trump-controlled Department of Justice supporting the move.

TikTok, owned by China's ByteDance, previously said Trump's restrictions "were not motivated by a genuine national security concern, but rather by political considerations relating to the upcoming general election."

The government faced a 2:30 p.m. Friday deadline to either delay the ban or oppose TikTok's preliminary injunction, reports Reuters:

The Justice Department filed its objection under seal because it includes submissions made by TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, that include confidential business information. ByteDance has said it has made a preliminary deal for Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to take stakes in the short video sharing app, but the exact terms of the agreement remain unclear.

Judge Carl Nichols in Washington is expected to rule before Sunday on TikTok's request. The Commerce Department gave the companies an additional week to finalize a deal before an order banning TikTok from U.S. app stores takes effect, citing "recent positive developments."

On Sunday, a judge in California issued an preliminary injunction that blocked a similar order from taking effect on Tencent Holdings' WeChat app. The Justice Department has asked the judge to allow the ban to take effect pending appeal.

Read more at Reuters.