Department of Commerce Canceled TikTok Ban: Report

The US government decided against enforcing its ban on Chinese social media sensation TikTok to comply with a federal court ruling on national security, a media report said on Thursday.

The Wall Street Journal reported The U.S. Department of Commerce decided to suspend enforcement of a Trump administrative resolution banning ByteDance’s video-sharing app from China.

The move came after a Pennsylvania federal court prevented the Trump administration from executing the ban imposed by the White House on allegations that the app posed a security threat because of the company’s ties to Beijing.

According to the report, the trade department said the shutdown order “will not go into effect until further legal developments”.

Other legal proceedings are also pending.

ByteDance had until Thursday to restructure ownership of the app in the US to address national security concerns. However, this week a petition was filed in a Washington court asking for a delay.

The company said in a statement Tuesday that it had asked the government for a 30-day extension because “new requests were constantly being made and it was not clear whether our proposed solutions would be accepted,” but it was not granted.

The Trump administration attempted to transfer ownership of TikTok to an American company to address security concerns, but no deal was struck.


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