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 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.”

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