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US Commerce Department Suspends TikTok Ban Pending Further Legal Developments

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The US Commerce Department has suspended its ban on TikTok. The company now has another two weeks, till 27th November 2020, to complete a deal with Oracle and Walmart.


The ban was due to come into effect on the night of Thursday 12th November 2020 and was to prevent the app from being available for download in the US.


For now, the ban is delayed pending further legal developments, according to the US Commerce Department. The Department, in its decision, cites a Philadelphia court ruling from September 2020 where three TikToker users had filed to allow the app to continue its operations in the US.

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President Donald Trump had issued an executive order in August 2020 banning the app. The ban was due in 90 days over national security concerns which TikTok had repeatedly called untrue. The US Commerce Department had also tried to enforce the order by attempting to ban downloads of the app in September 2020. However, its moves have been temporarily blocked by federal judges after TikTok and TikTok content creators sued in separate cases.


However, this still leaves a second executive order, which states that ByteDance is to divest TikTok’s US operations by 12th November 2020. The app struck a deal with Oracle and Walmart, however, it is still not near completion. The deal would see TikTok reorganise into a new, global company headquartered in the United States. It’s also to have US investors forming a majority of its ownership.


The deal has seen President Trump’s approval, but it will still have to receive approval from China. For now, things are going on well for TikTok, as its services are still available in the US.


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