The U.S. Department of Commerce will not be taking action against the Chinese social media platform TikTok anytime soon after a preliminary injunction issued by a federal court in Pennsylvania ordered the department to cease its actions.
‘[T]his serves as NOTICE that the Secretary’s prohibition of identified transactions pursuant to Executive Order 13942, related to TikTok, HAS BEEN ENJOINED, and WILL NOT GO INTO EFFECT, pending further legal developments,” the Commerce Department said in a statement about the injunction.
The injunction was issued in October following a lawsuit by three famous TikTok users, Douglas Marland, Cosette Rinab, and Alex Chambers, “seeking various relief” to stop the department from acting.
According to U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia, the Commerce Department’s intended operational cessation of the app may not fall under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and “presents a threat to the ‘robust exchange of informational materials.’”
The department appealed the decision on Thursday.
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