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WHY DID PENNSYLVANIA FEDERAL COURT JUDGE BLOCK EXECUTIVE ORDER PROHIBITING TIKTOK INTERACTIONS?

In spite of the efforts of the Donald J. Trump administration, the popular social media video site TikTok is allowed to stay in the U.S. based on a ruling by a Federal Court Judge. The ruling states that the White House is barred from illegalizing interactions on the social media platform.

 

Last month via a Washington D.C. Judge barred the Trump administration to prevent new downloads of TikTok. However this particular ruling from Pennsylvania court judge Wendy Beetlestone marks an even larger hit to the executive order put in place by Trump on August 6th.

 

Beetlestone came to the conclusion that by putting sanctions on TikTok, Trump had overstepped his executive authority under the infamous/generic excuse we all know and love…”National Security” without providing any reasonable evidence. Beetlestone stated in her ruling: “The Government’s own descriptions of the national security threat posed by the TikTok app are phrased in the hypothetical”.

 

The ruling responded to a lawsuit brought to the courts by 3 TikTok stars, those being: Alec Chambers, Cosette Rinab, and Douglas Marland. All of these influencers have among millions of followers on the app & accumulate serious profits from TikTok.

 

The TikTok executive order signed by Trump would’ve been in effect on Nov. 12th. As of this and prior rulings, the executive order is on hold pending the end of further appeals. There has however been a separate executive order from the Trump administration that demands the divesting of TikTok from ByteDance, its China-based parent corporation. A U.S. buyer is being sought out by TikTok with likely candidates being Twitter, Walmart & Oracle.

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