Biden team asks courts to pause move to ban TikTok in U.S.

The U.S. Justice Department asked two federal appeals courts to put on hold government appeals of lower court rulings blocking restrictions the Trump administration imposed on Chinese-owned app TikTok, according to a court filing.

The filing said the Commerce Department “plans to conduct an evaluation of the underlying record justifying those prohibitions” sought by the previous administration, which claimed TikTok posed a national security threat due to its links to the Chinese government.

The White House revealed a “rigorous” review of data security of TikTok by an interagency government panel is already underway, with no set timetable.

TikTok, the wildly popular app with 100 million U.S. users, has repeatedly defended itself against allegations of data transfers to the Chinese government, saying it stores user information on servers in the U.S. and Singapore.

ByteDance, which owns TikTok, has been in buyout talks with Walmart and Oracle.

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