Justice Department lawyers argued in a federal court filing Thursday that TikTok's explosive growth and its relationship to the Chinese Communist Party made the popular social media app "a direct threat to the privacy and security of U.S. persons."

The U.S. Department of Justice filing is in response to a request by one of TikTok's U.S.-based employees for a judge to pause President Trump's ordered ban on TikTok, which would take effect on Sept. 21. The filing is a first look at the U.S. government's arguments against TikTok and its employee's efforts to push back on the ban.

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Snap has decided to stop featuring President Donald Trump's account on its Discover platform, where users can watch curated videos.

The Santa Monica-based company issued a statement Wednesday:

"We are not currently promoting the President's content on Snapchat's Discover platform. We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality, and justice in America."

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Here are the latest headlines regarding how the protests around the killing of George Floyd are impacting the Los Angeles startup and tech communities. Sign up for our newsletter and follow dot.LA on Twitter for the latest updates.

Today:

  • Disney will donate $5M to Social Justice Groups
  • Blck VC group launches 'We Won't Wait' campaign
  • a16z VC firm launches fund to target diverse founders
  • Snap stops promoting Trump's account in its Discover feature
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