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Hours before “WeChat” was banned, Chinese users in America block Trump’s decision
WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app that combines similar services to Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram (Reuters)
WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app that connects similar services to Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram (Reuters)
Early on Sunday, a US judge banned the Commerce Department from asking Apple and Google to remove the Chinese company’s WeChat messaging app from their app stores.
US Judge Laurel Piller in San Francisco said that lawsuit users of WeChat “have raised serious questions regarding their rights mentioned in the First Amendment.”
The Commerce Department issued an order, citing national security, to ban the app – owned by Tencent Holdings – from US app stores.
Biller also suspended the initial trade order that would have prevented further transactions with WeChat in the United States, which could have weakened the usability of the site for existing US users. The US Commerce Department did not immediately comment.
Analytics firm Apptopia said in early August that WeChat has an average of 19 million active daily users in the United States. It is popular among Chinese and American students living in China and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in the US. China.
The Justice Ministry said obstructing the matter would nullify the president’s decision on how best to counter threats to national security. But Piller noted, “While the public evidence about the national security threat related to China (in terms of technology and mobile phone technology) is substantial, the specific evidence about WeChat is modest.”
It is reported that WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app; Combining services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, the app is an essential part of daily life for many in China, with more than a billion users.
The WeChat Users Coalition – who filed the lawsuit – described the ruling as “an important, difficult and hard-fought victory for millions of WeChat users in the United States.”
“The United States has never shut down a major communications platform, not even during times of war,” said user attorney Michael Benn. “There are serious problems with the First Amendment with the WeChat ban, which targets the American-Chinese community.”