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US court temporarily blocks Trump's WeChat ban

US court temporarily blocks Trump's WeChat ban

Sep 21, 2020

Washington DC (USA), September 21: A US court has temporarily blocked the Trump administration's ban on downloads and other functions of the Chinese-owned social media app WeChat.
The administration had announced it would curtail the use of the multi-purpose app in the United States from Sunday. It claimed the Chinese government could misuse customer data compiled by the app.
US WeChat users filed a motion against the ban with a federal court in San Francisco.
In issuing the preliminary injunction on Saturday, the court said WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many users in Chinese-speaking and Chinese-American communities.
It said there are no viable substitute platforms or apps available.
The Trump administration had also intended to ban the downloading and updating of another Chinese-owned app, TikTok, from Sunday.
But it delayed the restrictions by one week after progress was seen in negotiating a partnership deal between the app's Chinese owner, ByteDance, and interested US firms.
Source: NHK World