Nichols, a person appointed by Trump, granted TikTok’s request to end the administration’s proposed download ban late Sunday, hours before it went into effect. While the ruling was made public on Sunday evening, his opinion explaining the ruling was not released until Monday.
The Commerce Department said in a statement on Sunday that while the federal government “will comply with the injunction,” it intends to “vigorously defend” Trump’s decrees. TikTok welcomed the decision in a statement, adding, “We will continue to defend our rights for the benefit of our community and our employees.”
The battle rages on: Legal teams from TikTok and the Trump administration are expected to meet no later than Wednesday to propose next steps in the case, which will determine whether the administration has violated the company’s rights through its executive orders. The battle in the courtroom unfolds as ByteDance and TikTok negotiate a deal to sell stakes in the app to two U.S. companies, Oracle and Walmart, in a bid to satisfy the Trump administration’s national security concerns .
The Trump administration has expressed concern that U.S. consumer data on TikTok could fall into the hands of Chinese government officials due to its parent company’s roots in Beijing. TikTok has argued that it does not and will not share data with the Chinese government.