Commerce Department Announces Stay of TikTok Shutdown Order
John D. McKinnon
The Commerce Department said Thursday that it won’t enforce its order that would have effectively forced the Chinese-owned TikTok video-sharing app to shut down, citing a federal court ruling in Philadelphia.
The department’s action delays implementation of a regulation, set to take effect Thursday, that would have barred U.S. companies such asApple Inc. from offering TikTok as a mobile app, and companies including Amazon.com Inc. and Alphabet Inc. from offering web-hosting service for TikTok—moves that would effectively make it inoperable.
In making its decision, the Commerce Department cited a preliminary injunction against the shutdown last month by U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia in a suit brought by three TikTok stars: comedian Douglas Marland, fashion guru Cosette Rinab and musician Alex Chambers.
The Commerce Department statement said that the shutdown order won’t go into effect “pending further legal developments.”