Beijing (PingWest)—The US government announced Thursday it would not implement an order that would have effectively halted the US operations of Chinese-owned short-form video app TikTok, saying that it is “pending further legal developments.”
The Commerce Department said Thursday it will “comply with the terms” of a preliminary injunction allowing TikTok to continue to operate in the US.
The popular app was set to be effectively banned in the US on November 12 after President Trump issued an executive order in August stating it was a national security threat due to its parent company’s ties to China.
The first part of the ban, which would have removed it from app stores, was halted by a D.C. judge in September. On October 30, a judge in Pennsylvania halted the additional measures scheduled to go into effect November 12, when the US was set to ban any provision of Internet hosting services, or other network services, that allows TikTok to function domestically.
The executive order also required TikTok to be sold to US companies within 45 days before it can continue to operate in the US. The move forced ByteDance to consider deals with several American companies before ultimately settling on a proposal to place TikTok under the oversight of the American companies Oracle and Walmart, each of which would also have a financial stake in the company. No deal has yet been finalized.
TikTok continues to wait for more government guidance about how to proceed with its minority stake sale. But Trump administration officials have remained silent during the election.
Earlier this week, TikTok filed a petition in the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit seeking clarity on its future.