The Biden Administration wants to pause the court battle with TikTok it inherited from Donald Trump's DOJ.
TikTok sued after Trump issued an Aug. 6 executive order that would bar "any transaction by any person" with its Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, or any of its subsidiaries. The order cited concerns about national security, corporate espionage and censorship and relied upon authority granted by the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.
TikTok argued the ban exceeded presidential authority, violated users' First Amendment rights and flouted the Administrative Procedures Act because it's arbitrary and capricious. U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols granted TikTok's injunction, finding the government was acting outside its authority, the social video app is likely to succeed on the merits of its claims, and it would suffer irreparable harm if the ban were to take effect.