US Court Blocked A Decision To Remove WeChat From Google And Apple Platforms
A California magistrate court has suspended a decision by the US Department of Commerce to remove the WeChat messenger from the app stores of Google, Apple, and other US corporations, according to Reuters.
The US Department of Commerce has banned the distribution of Chinese WeChat and TikTok apps (owned by Chinese companies Tencent and ByteDance, respectively) in the country since September 20. Judge Laurel Beeler has considered the claim of the users of WeChat. They asked to block the Ministry's order based on the first amendment to the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of speech and the press. From the judge's point of view, the arguments set out in the claim "testify in favor of the plaintiffs." The decision is preliminary in nature.
On August 7, US President Donald Trump signed an Executive order that gave US companies 45 days to terminate deals with Chinese companies Tencent and ByteDance regarding the operation of applications. Mr. Trump justified the ban as a threat to national security. The US company Oracle is a key contender for the TikTok business in the US. Oracle and ByteDance are considering creating a board of supervision for TikTok in the US, the composition of which will have to be approved by the US government, according to an Axios source.