Commerce Department Stops Tik Tok Ban

Commerce Department Stops Tik Tok Ban

The Commerce Department said Thursday that they are delaying the implementation of a regulation that would essentially shut down the Chinese-owned video app Tik Tok, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The regulation was set to take effect Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal. Under the law, Tik Tok would no longer appear on the app store, and all U.S. based companies would be prevented from offering it as a mobile app. Tik Tok would also be barred from using the web-hosting services of any U.S. based company, like Amazon and Alphabet, making the app essentially useless. (RELATED: TikTok Asks Court To Intervene As Government’s Deadline To Sell Off US Operations Arrives)

Last month, U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia imposed a preliminary injunction against the shutdown after Tik Tok stars Douglas Marland, Cosette Rinab, and Alex Chambers filed a lawsuit, the Journal reported. Beetlestone said that the government likely doesn’t have the power to impose the Tik Tok ban because the regulation “presents a threat to the ‘robust exchange of informational materials’.” The International Economic Powers Act, which the Trump administration relied on to impose the regulation, did not grant the administration power to

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