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The US Commerce Department says it will not enforce an order that would have forced video sharing platform TikTok to shut down, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government cited an injunction from a federal judge in Pennsylvania last month who wrote that the Commerce Department had likely overstepped its authority when it tried to ban transactions on the platform.
The government has cited concerns about national security, as TikTok is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance.
According to the WSJ, the Commerce Department said its shutdown order would not take effect “pending further legal developments.” Reuters’ David Shepardson says it’s not the first time the Commerce Department has confirmed it would comply with the injunction; it…