The US Is Again Considering Closing Access To WeChat
The US Justice Department has asked the court to temporarily unblock the decision to remove the WeChat messenger from the Apple and Google app stores, Reuters reports.
WeChat was removed from the Apple and Google app stores by the US Department of Commerce in San Francisco on Sunday, after the Department imposed a ban on downloading WeChat from September 20.
In an appeal to judge Laurel Beeler, the justice Department points out that her ruling "allows unhindered use of a mobile app that the Executive branch has identified as a threat to US national security and foreign policy." The Agency asks that the decree be suspended while the WeChat appeal is being considered.
The administration of US President Donald Trump intends to disable WeChat under the pretext of a possible violation of privacy and surveillance of American citizens.
WeChat is a popular messenger in China. In the United States, it is most often used by Chinese Americans. It is owned by the telecommunications firm Tencent.