The Wall Street Journal reported on the 12th that the U.S. Department of Commerce has postponed the execution of an executive order banning China’s video platform “TikTok” (TikTok Ban).
The Commerce Department planned to implement an executive order that bans the use of TikTok in the U.S. from the 12th. Once the executive order goes into effect, U.S. mobile operators. Such as Apple will not be able to add TikTok to their mobile app stores. And Amazon and the alphabet will not be able to provide web hosting services to TikTok.
However, the federal district court in eastern Pennsylvania put the brakes on the ban on TikTok on April 30, causing a setback in the Commerce Department’s plan. Judge Wendy Beetlestone of the court recently ordered an end to the enforcement of the executive order in a lawsuit filed by U.S. creators based on TikTo. Saying it would have the effect of banning platforms used by 700 million people around the world in the U.S.
In a statement, the Commerce Department said it delayed the execution of an executive order banning TikTok following the court’s preliminary order. Adding that it will not implement the measure “until further legal progress is made.”
Trump banned tiktok for national security reasons
According to the WSJ, two other lawsuits are underway apart from the Pennsylvania court. Including a lawsuit filed by TikTok directly with the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. to prevent the ban.
Reuters reported that the Ministry of Justice also appealed the Pennsylvania court’s preliminary. Order that suspended the administrative order banning TikTok.
The Donald Trump administration has been pushing for restrictions on the use of TikTok on the grounds that it poses a grave threat to national security. As the Chinese government has access to the personal information of 100 million users in the U.S. through TikTok.
According to Reuters, the U.S. Treasury Department also said on the previous day that it wants to resolve national security concerns raised against TikTok.
Meanwhile, the parent company of TikTok, Byte Dance, is discussing with Wal-Mart and Oracle how to dispose of TikTok in the U.S.