The US is appealing a court ruling banning WeChat ban

The US is appealing a court ruling banning WeChat ban
The US is appealing a court ruling banning WeChat ban

The US Department of Justice said it would appeal a judge’s decision to prevent the government from preventing Apple and Google, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., from offering the Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for download in US app stores, and the government said it had resumed on September 19 the initial intersection issued by US Magistrate Laurel Piller in court. Ninth American Appeals.

The injunction blocked a US Commerce Department order, which would also block other US transactions with Tencent Holding’s WeChat, which could render the app unusable in the US, and a US Tencent spokesperson did not immediately comment.

The Justice Department said earlier that Biller’s order was wrong and “allows for continued and unrestricted use of the WeChat app, a mobile application that the Executive Branch has determined poses a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” said attorneys from the American WeChat User Alliance, the group that stands Beyond the legal challenge to ban WeChat, the ministry “has yet to present any binding national security interest to justify such an unprecedented ban” and will oppose these efforts.

The group notes that Tencent has attempted to negotiate a settlement with the Commerce Department and has introduced a number of mitigation measures to address data security concerns. Piller said WeChat users “have demonstrated serious questions regarding the merits of a First Amendment claim,” and the First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech.

Analytics company Apptopia said in early August that WeChat has an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States, and it is popular among Chinese and American students living in China and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in China.

WeChat is a comprehensive mobile application that combines services similar to , WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo, and the application is an essential part of daily life for many in China and has more than a billion users, and on Sunday, US District Court Judge Carl Nichols in Washington issued a similar preliminary injunction to stop The US App Store blocked new TikTok downloads.

Nichols has not decided whether to block other restrictions set to come into effect on November 12 that could effectively ban the app’s use, pending a series of court filings due by October 30th.

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