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TikTok set to sue US government following “unconstitutional” ban

Published: 9/Aug/2020 12:47

by Georgina Smith

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There was outrage across the internet when people found out about President Donald Trump’s plans to ban TikTok in the US. But it looks like the popular video-sharing app isn’t going down without a fight, as they launch plans to sue Trump’s administration.

On August 6th, Trump signed an executive order that bans TikTok owners Bytedance from making any transactions in the US starting September 20th.

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The order claimed that “TikTok automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users, including Internet and other network activity information such as location data and browsing and search histories.”

In order to protect themselves, Bytedance has been in talks to sell the US operations on to another company, with Microsoft seeming to be the most likely buyer.

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TikTok has exploded onto the social media in the same way Vine did.

But with September 20th creeping ever closer, Bytedance have taken a more direct approach to preventing the ban by announcing they would be suing Trump’s administration, possibly as soon as Tuesday, August 11.

According to National Public Radio, the lawsuit will argue that the ban is “unconstitutional” because Bytedance wasn’t given a chance to respond to the US administration. The company also claims that the ban is based on “pure speculation and conjecture.”

Trump’s administration has not yet responded to the threat of a lawsuit, but a spokesman for the White House Judd Deere claimed they were committed to protecting the American people from all cyber-related threats to critical infrastructure, public health and safety, and our economic and national security.”

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There have been plenty of rumors about TikTok’s demise.

What’s the real reason behind the ban?

While Trump claims that personal data-mining is the reason for the ban, some theories have pointed to an alternative motive.

In June, TikTok users registered for thousands of tickets to a Trump rally with no intention of ever turning up. The rally was held at the BOK center, which has a 19,000 seat capacity, but only 6200 tickets were ever actually scanned in.

While there’s no guessing what the outcome of this bitter battle between US administration and Bytedance will be, it will certainly be interesting to see who will end off worse off. And if the ban does go ahead, how will the huge US TikTok userbase deal with it?

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When will Fortnite return to the Apple App Store for iOS devices?

Published: 12/Oct/2020 2:51

by Brad Norton

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With Epic Games and Apple still butting heads, when can mobile users expect to see Fortnite back in the App Store? The latest United States district court ruling has given us a rough idea of when we can expect to see it back.

When Epic made the move to implement a direct payment method for V-Bucks on mobile, Apple responded swiftly. The two major corporations have been locking horns in legal battles ever since. Fortnite was removed from the App Store and obviously, the player base has been dropping significantly with each passing day.

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Despite the developers trying to get the battle royale reinstated ahead of Season 4, Epic hasn’t had any luck as of yet. However, the latest courtroom update has given us new insight on when we can expect to see the game make its grand return to iOS devices.

Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers of the Northern District of California pushed out new rulings on October 9. Fortnite itself won’t be allowed back on the App Store amidst the legal drama. With the trial not commencing until May 3, 2021, the battle royale won’t be back until next year at the earliest.

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Mobile players haven’t been able to partake in Fortnite’s Marvel-themed season.

The original issue centered around Epic’s direct method of buying V-Bucks on mobile devices. This bypassed mandatory rules in which a good chunk of every purchase would go into Apple’s pockets. Unless Epic decides to drop this and revert back, mobile gamers will have to wait for the trial in May.

If you’re anxiously waiting to drop into the battle royale on your iPhone, you may not want to hold your breath.

This leaves us a seven-month window from the time of writing. That’s the absolute minimum wait if an agreement is reached near-instantly in the trial.

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It may seem like doom and gloom for those with Apple devices. However, the latest rulings did come with some good news. Epic’s Unreal Engine will not be impacted, meaning that other games can proceed on the App Store without hassle.

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Epic and Apple have been in direct battle since August 13.

“Epic Games is grateful that Apple will continue to be barred from retaliating against Unreal Engine,” the company said. While Epic is clearly relieved, the developers are still adamant about putting an end to “Apple’s anti-competitive behavior.”

With Fortnite still months out from a potential return to mobile devices, now could be the best time to swap over. Console and PC gamers haven’t missed a beat and next-gen versions of the game will even come boasting graphical upgrades.

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