The US Commerce Department said today, Monday: It will appeal an order issued on Sunday by a US judge that banned the ministry’s order requiring Apple and Google to remove the Chinese instant messaging app (WeChat) WeChat From app stores in the United States.
A US Magistrate’s Judge (Laurel Piller) in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of the department’s order, which would have also prevented other US transactions with Tencent’s WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States. .
She said The Department of Commerce: “The ban on specific transactions is necessary to protect the national security of the United States, and the department expects that it will soon seek an exemption from this order.”
Bueller said: “WeChat users who have filed a lawsuit have shown serious questions regarding the merits of the First Amendment claim.”
On Friday, the Commerce Department issued an order citing national security reasons to block the app from US app stores by 11:59 p.m. Sunday EST.
The Justice Department had urged Peller not to obstruct the measure, saying it would “frustrate and replace the president’s determination on the best way to confront threats to national security.”
Analytics firm Apptopia said in early August that WeChat had an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States. It is common among Chinese and American students living in China and some Americans who have personal or business ties in China.
“To be sure, the government’s overall national security interest is important,” Piller wrote. But on this record – while the government has demonstrated that China’s activities raise significant national security concerns – it has provided little evidence that its effective WeChat ban of all US users addresses these concerns.
It is reported that (WeChat) is a comprehensive mobile application that combines the capabilities of instant messaging, social communication, payment, in addition to other services. The so-called super app is essential for daily life in China, with more than 1 billion users.