The U.S. Department of Commerce said on Sunday that it would “resolutely defend” an executive order aimed at banning transactions with China-owned short video sharing app TikTok, after a federal judge stopped the operation.
U.S. District Court Judge Wendy Beetlestone on Friday blocked the Commerce Department’s order scheduled to take effect on November 12, which would effectively prohibit TikTok owned by ByteDance from operating in the United States.
The U.S. Department of Commerce said on Sunday that it will “combide by the ban… but intends to vigorously defend the legal challenge (executive order) and the implementation of the Secretary of State.”
Beetlestone prohibits the agency from banning TikTok, data hosting for content delivery services and other technology transactions in the United States.
The administration of President Donald Trump believes that TikTok constitutes a national security issue because the Chinese government may collect personal data collected by 100 million Americans who use the app. TikTok denied these allegations.
Beetlestone wrote: “The government’s description of the national security threat posed by the TikTok application is used in hypotheses.”
On September 27, Washington District Judge Carl Nichols issued a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit filed by ByteDance, which prevented the Department of Commerce from ordering Apple and Alphabet’s Google App Store to delete TikTok for new users to download. . The order is scheduled to take effect later in the day.
Nichols is scheduled to hold a hearing on Wednesday to discuss other aspects of the Commerce Department order that the Beatles blocked on Friday.
Beetlestone’s order (a lawsuit filed by three TikTok content creators) also blocked the app store download ban.
Negotiations are underway to finalize an initial deal between Wal-Mart and Oracle to acquire shares in the new company TikTok Global, which will oversee operations in the United States. Trump said last month that the deal was “blessed” by him.
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