It seemed like a joke, when we first heard in August about Donald Trump wanting to ‘ban’ TikTok from the US market. But Donald Trump is obviously a man of his word and he managed to sign executive orders much faster than building the infamous wall on the border with Mexico. Although before those orders came in force, Tiktok’s lawyers have taken the orders to court.
On December 7, 2020, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a nationwide preliminary injunction against the enforcement of Executive Order (E.O.) 13942, limited to the Secretary of Commerce’s Identification of Prohibited Transactions with TikTok/ByteDance. The court’s ruling is consistent with the nationwide preliminary injunction granted by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on October 30, 2020. The Department maintains that the E.O. is fully consistent with law and promotes legitimate national security interests. The Government will continue to comply with the injunctions and has taken immediate steps to do so, but intends to vigorously defend the E.O. and the Secretary’s implementation efforts from legal challenges.US government appeals TikTok injunction by TechCrunch on Scribd
The above means, the U.S. government is appealing the TikTok ban, according to a new court filing. But this isn’t only about TikTok and Donald Trump. A huge moral question here is, if it’s alright that governments might have the right to ban apps. And what they can ban next? Apps, websites, currencies. Wait a minute…we heard this story before. China has been actively censoring the internet for many years and even managed to ban cryptocurrencies. And everything was just perfectly justified as ‘national threat’. But is this story going to repeat on our side of the globe?
The answer is ‘yes, no, we don’t know’ since there are plenty of rumors in the European Union about regulating cryptocurrencies – and the ones that won’t comply will be simply banned.
Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands have asked the European Commission to regulate asset-backed cryptocurrencies. This request advocates that stablecoins should not be allowed to operate in 27 European countries until regulatory challenges and risks have been addressed.by Cryptobriefing
Will be see a similar action against those decisions? Shouldn’t internet be a free place? What is a national threat and what is a thoughtless ban?