The regulation, which would effectively shut down TikTok in the U.S., was scheduled to go into effect Thursday.
WASHINGTON — The Commerce Department said Thursday that it won’t enforce its order that would have effectively forced the Chinese-owned TikTok video-sharing app to shut down, citing a federal court ruling in Philadelphia.
The department’s action delays implementation of a regulation, set to take effect Thursday, that would have barred U.S. companies such as Apple Inc. AAPL, -0.23% from offering TikTok as a mobile app, and companies including Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.86% and Alphabet Inc. GOOGL, -0.25% from offering web-hosting service for TikTok — moves that would effectively make it inoperable.
In making its decision, the Commerce Department cited a preliminary injunction against the shutdown last month by U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia in a suit brought by three TikTok stars: comedian Douglas Marland, fashion guru Cosette Rinab and musician Alex Chambers.
The Commerce Department statement said that the shutdown order won’t go into effect “pending further legal developments.”
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