Appeals court in the US rejects immediate WeChat ban

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A US appeals court has rejected a Justice Department request it allow the authorities to immediately ban Apple and also Google from offering WeChat for downloading from US app stores.

The three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said in a brief order the government hadn’t demonstrated it would “suffer an imminent, irreparable injury during the pendency of this appeal, which is being expedited.”

The WeChat users said the judgment will avoid an “unprecedented shutdown of a major platform for communications relied on by millions of people in the United States.”

The Commerce Department order, which had been set to take effect September the 20th, would also bar other US trades with WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the US.

The appeals court stated that the case will be placed on its own January 2021 calendar year.

Tencent and the Commerce Department did not immediately comment.

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The Justice Department asserts Tencent’s WeChat and Chinese short video sharing app TikTok threaten US national safety.

WeChat has an average of 19 million each day active users from the United States. It’s a favourite among Chinese students, Americans living in China and some Americans who have private or business connections in China.

WeChat is an all round mobile app that combines services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo. The app is an essential part of everyday life for all in China and boasts more than 1 billion consumers.

In a similar circumstance, a US appeals court consented to terrorize a government appeal of a ruling blocking the government from banning fresh TikTok downloads.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Jonathan Landay. Editing by Steve Orlofsky.

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