Many TikTok lovers were terrified while awaiting the news as to whether their favourite social media platform was going to be banned in the USA. Judge Carl Nichols is the district judge looking over the case and it is has been down to him and his team to make the final decision.
According to the Guardian, TikTok has an estimated 100 million users in the US and 700 million worldwide, making it one of the largest operators in the social media space.
The person who is overruling TikTok being ‘cancelled’ is judge Carl Nichols and this is everything you need to know about him.
Who is judge Carl Nichols?
- Judge Carl Nichols is the district judge for the District of Columbia. Carl is reviewing Donald Trump’s executive order to ban the social media app, TikTok. To the delight of TikTokers, Carl has temporarily blocked the ban that was initially proposed.
Five facts on the man suspending Trump’s TikTok ban
1. Judge Carl Nichols is looking to save TikTok
According to the Guardian, Carl Nichols granted a preliminary injunction sought by TikTok’s owner, ByteDance, to allow the app to remain available in US app stores.
Carl declined “at this time” to block a second set of restrictions requested by the US Department of Commerce, which will bar any American company from providing services to TikTok.
This order would have made the app impossible to use in the US, which would effectively be banning it entirely. However, Carl seems to be doing his utmost to stop this from happening. It seems if the ban goes ahead, he would have a lot of angry content creators on his hands!
2. Carl has a well-educated past
Carl received a B.A. with high honours in Philosophy, from Dartmouth College in 1992, a J.D. with high honours and Order of the Coif, from The University of Chicago Law School in 1996.
After Law school, Carl served as a Law clerk and then according to his profile on The District of Columbia website he became a partner at Boies, Schiller & Flexner.
Then, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice, first as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Division, and then as Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General. Finally, Judge Nichols became a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr from 2010 until his appointment to the bench in 2019.
3. Carl has caused quite a stir on Twitter
After the news surrounding the TikTok ban and that the process has been put on halt, it seems that people took to Twitter to react.
4. Trump has previously nominated Carl
According to Meaww, Carl Nichols was mentioned as a potential judicial nominee in March 2018. Trump announced his decision to nominate Carl to serve as a United States District Judge for the District of Columbia in June 2018. He was nominated to the seat vacated by Richard W Robert.
In January 2019, Trump announced that he would re-nominate Carl for a federal judgeship. Later that year in May 2019, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 55–43.
5. TikTok is very be happy with Carl
Carl Nichols’s detailed written opinion is reportedly expected to be released as soon as Monday (28th). This will give a detailed report on why the ban has been temporarily delayed.
According to the Washington Times, a TikTok spokesperson said on Sunday, September 28th, that the company was pleased with the judge’s decision.
“We will continue defending our rights for the benefit of our community and employees,” said a TikTok spokesperson.
“At the same time, we will also maintain our ongoing dialogue with the government to turn our proposal, which the president gave his preliminary approval to last weekend, into an agreement.”