U.S. judge ‘not inclined’ to reverse decision on WeChat app store ban

In this news, we discuss the U.S. judge ‘not inclined’ to reverse decision on WeChat app store ban.

A US judge in San Francisco said on Thursday she was “not inclined” to reverse decision preventing the government from preventing Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google from offering WeChat for download in US app stores .

Judge Laurel Beeler, a magistrate of the United States, said in a hearing that she did not believe a new Justice Department filing “changes the outcome” or alters her analysis. Last month, Beeler issued a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Department of Commerce order that was due to go into effect on September 20 in a lawsuit brought by WeChat users.

The Justice Department appealed Beeler’s order to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but no decision is likely until December. The Commerce Department order would also ban other U.S. transactions with Tencent Holding’s WeChat, potentially rendering the app unusable in the United States.

The Justice Department maintains that Beeler’s order “authorizes the continued and unhindered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the executive says poses a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.” . WeChat users argued that the government sought to “implement an unprecedented ban on an entire medium” and then only offered “speculation” about the harms “without any evidence or example involving the use of WeChat by Americans ”.

WeChat has an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States, said analytics company Apptopia. It is popular among Chinese students, Americans living in China, and some Americans with personal or professional connections in China. WeChat is an all-in-one mobile application that combines services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo. The app is an essential part of the daily life of many Chinese people and has over a billion users.

In a similar case, a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday agreed to expedite the government’s appeal against a ruling preventing the government from banning new downloads of TikTok from U.S. app stores.

News Highlights:

  • The app is an essential part of the daily life of many Chinese people and has over a billion users. In a similar case, a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday agreed to expedite the government’s appeal against a ruling preventing the government from banning new downloads of TikTok from U.S. app stores.
  • The US judge “ is not inclined ” to reverse the decision to ban the WeChat app store
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