US will ‘vigorously defend’ TikTok executive order despite ruling

Platform Economy: TikTok and US politics

The US Commerce Department said on Sunday it would “vigorously defend” an executive order that tries to bar transactions with Chinese-owned short video-sharing app TikTok after a federal judge stopped the action.

US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone on Friday blocked the Commerce Department order set to take effect on Nov. 12 that could have effectively barred ByteDance-owned TikTok from operating in the US.

The Commerce Department said on Sunday it would “comply with the injunction … but intends to vigorously defend the (executive order) and the Secretary’s implementation efforts from legal challenges.”

Beetlestone enjoined the agency from barring data hosting over the United States such as TikTok, content delivery services and other technical trades.

President Donald Trump’s administration claims that TikTok poses national security issues as personal data collected on 100 million Americans who use the app could be gotten by China’s authorities.

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Beetlestone wrote that the “government’s own descriptions of the national security threat posed by the TikTok app are phrased in the hypothetical.”

On September the 27th, US District Judge Carl Nichols at Washington issued a preliminary injunction in a suit brought by ByteDance that stopped the Commerce Department from ordering Apple Inc and Alphabet;s Google app stores to eliminate TikTok for downloading from new consumers. That order was set to take effect after that day.

Nichols is set to hold a hearing Wednesday about the other aspects of the Commerce Department dictate that Beetlestone blocked on Friday.

Beetlestone’s order, in a suit brought by three TikTok content creators, also blocks the app store download prohibit.

Talks are ongoing to finalize a preliminary deal to Walmart Inc and Oracle Corp to accept stakes in a brand new company, TikTok Global, that would oversee US operations. Trump said last month the deal had his “blessing.”

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The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by David Shepardson. Editing by Peter Cooney.

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