Naija Tech News (NTN) on 14, and in content, US Withdraws Shutdown Order on TikTok Ban; App Remains Legal For Now, TikTok, United States .
Hit by adverse court orders and amidst the increasingly chaotic transition of power from Donald Trump to Joe Biden, the US Commerce Department, said that it won’t enforce its earlier order to ban TikTok in the country. According to the latest report in The Wall Street Journal, the DoC is not withdrawing the shutdown order entirely, but is putting it on hold “pending further legal developments.”
So after all the controversies over the past several months, TikTok is still available to download in the US, unlike in India. While the ban was originally slated to go into effect September 18th, the US Commerce Department delayed it by a week to let ByteDance and Oracle sort out the nitty-gritty of the latter’s proposed takeover of TikTok’s US operations, before being postponed further because of adverse court rulings, etc. It will be interesting to see how things go in the coming days in what seems like an ever-evolving saga.
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