Judge prepares ruling after hearing on Trump TikTok download ban
Judge prepares ruling after hearing on Trump TikTok download ban

Washington (AFP) – A federal judge listened to arguments in a rare Sunday hearing ahead of making a crucial decision on whether to allow or block a Trump administration ban on downloads of the popular video-sharing app TikTok.District Judge Carl Nichols, who has promised to rule on a TikTok request to block the president’s order before it takes effect at 11:59 pm Sunday (0359 GMT Monday), heard arguments on the free-speech and national security implications of the Trump ban on the Chinese-owned app.TikTok lawyer John Hall said a ban would be “punitive” and close off a public forum used by tens…

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