TikTok Dodges Trump Death Sentence For Now

It seems that the Trump Administration is kind of busy at the moment as they appear to have backed of taking out TikTok. At least for now:

The deadline for “national security concerns posed by TikTok to be resolved,” as prescribed in the Commerce Department’s September order, was Thursday, November 12. But, per the Wall Street Journal, they’re now delaying the implementation of the ban, which would make it illegal for companies to enable “the functioning or optimization” of the app, effectively rendering it impossible to use in the United States. (TikTok denies allegations that it is sharing information with the Chinese government.) The delay comes not just because the Trump administration is busy trying to force a second term, but also “pending further legal developments.” Specifically, the Department cited a preliminary injunction against the shutdown last month in Philadelphia. In a suit brought by TikTokers Douglas Marland, Cosette Rinab, and Alex Chambers, a judge decided the government action “presents a threat to the ‘robust exchange of informational materials,’” and likely exceeds the government’s authority under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, the order Trump used to take action against TikTok, WeChat, and more.

This TikTok thing has been a clown show from the start. That’s not to say that TikTok doesn’t have issues because they do. But the way this has been handled by the Trump Administration has been shambolic. I would not at all be surprised if this magically goes away as Trump and company have larger issues to deal with at the moment.

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