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A U.S. federal judge has halted a politically charged ban ordered by the Donald Trump administration on downloads of the popular video app TikTok.
District Judge Carl Nichols issued a temporary injunction late Sunday at the request of TikTok, before the ban was to go into effect at midnight.
The judge's opinion was sealed, so no reason the for the decision was released in a one-page order by the court in Washington.
The White House has alleged that the app's Chinese parent firm is tied to the Beijing government.
Earlier this year, President Trump declared that TikTok was a threat to national security and that it must either sell its U.S. operations to American companies or be barred from the country.
A more comprehensive ban remains scheduled for November 12, about a week after the presidential election.
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