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Weekly News Digest

September 29, 2020 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Updates to TikTok's Legal Issues

Connor Perrett reports the following for Business Insider:

A federal judge on [Sept. 27] ruled against the Trump administration in granting TikTok an injunction against a temporary download ban that was set to take place [the same date] at 11:59 p.m. …

On [Sept. 23], TikTok filed for the preliminary injunction against the Justice Department order, which would ban downloads of the TikTok app in the US. … [L]awyers for TikTok filed the request as part of TikTok’s lawsuit against the US government, which challenges the legality of the president's proposed ban. …

During the [Sept. 27] dial-in hearing, lawyers for TikTok argued the download ban was ‘arbitrary and capricious’ and should be halted until a final ruling … was made in the company’s entire lawsuit against the Trump administration, as The Verge reported. …

The ruling in favor of TikTok’s injunction request delivers a blow to Trump’s months-long plans to ban the app in the US. In July, Trump first suggested he might ban the app, citing concerns about its Chinese ownership. TikTok has repeatedly denied that it shares US user data with the Chinese government, despite baseless claims from Trump’s administration. In August, the president signed two executive orders targeting TikTok, leading to the Commerce Department’s September 18 announcement about the download ban.

Still, criticism of TikTok has been bipartisan. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has likewise called for a US company to assume ownership of the video-based social platform.

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