Laurel Piller, a judge in San Francisco, said it was unlikely to lift the temporary ban on US government attempts to block WeChat, as the US judge responded to the Trump administration’s request by blocking the initial injunction issued on September 20, preventing the government from halting new downloads. For WeChat application in the United States and from blocking of app-related transactions.
According to the Verge, Peeler did not issue a verdict on Thursday but said the government had not provided new evidence to persuade it that there were significant national security concerns while allowing WeChat to remain active in the US.
In her September 20 order, Beller said, a group of WeChat users had raised “serious questions” about whether the ban would violate Article 1 rights, even given such concerns.
President Trump issued an executive order in August to ban WeChat, citing the Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergency Law.
But a group of users who call themselves WeChat Users Alliance not officially associated with WeChat or its parent company Tencent, say that blocking the app in the United States violates users’ rights to freedom of expression, and such a ban specifically targets Chinese Americans.
The group says there is no alternative app that does everything WeChat does, saying that the app is the primary way for Chinese speakers in the United States to participate in social life, receive news and information, make phone calls and video conferencing, upload documents and photos, and make payments.
The group revealed that WeChat has 19 million US users and one billion users around the world, and amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has been used by US police departments to inform users about test sites, organize delivery of medical supplies, and allow families to stay in contact with elderly relatives in nursing homes. The elderly.
But the government considers WeChat’s parent company, a security risk, as Justice Department attorney Serena Orlov said at the hearing on Thursday that the company could collect a digital copy of someone’s life on WeChat, reinforcing the administration’s argument that it is very closely allied with the Chinese Communist Party. .
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