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World Judge Puts Trump's WeChat Download Ban on Hold

20:26  20 september  2020
20:26  20 september  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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The California judge ' s ruling comes less than one day before a federal ban blocking downloads of the multi-purpose messaging app was set to take effect. U. S . Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler filed a preliminary injunction to block the federal order banning WeChat on Sunday morning, just hours

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A California judge halted the federal ban on WeChat, a multi-purpose messaging app, in an order filed Sunday morning. The ban was previously set to take effect at midnight on Monday. © Photo Illustration by Chesnot/Getty A California judge halted the federal ban on WeChat, a multi-purpose messaging app, in an order filed Sunday morning. The ban was previously set to take effect at midnight on Monday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler filed a preliminary injunction to block the federal order banning WeChat on Sunday morning, just hours before regulations were set to take effect.

Beeler's decision, filed in northern California's district court, responded to a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's efforts to render WeChat essentially inoperable among U.S. users.

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On Friday, the Department of Commerce announced new protocols to restrict downloads, App Store availabilities and transactions using We Chat, a multipurpose application whose parent company, Tencent, is headquartered in Shenzhen, China. Its announcement, which also applied to TikTok, another popular Chinese-owned app, said the ban would become effective beginning Monday at midnight.

Beeler's ruling will temporarily suspend the regulations, on the basis of the plaintiffs' concerns about whether or not they are constitutionally legitimate.

In part, their argument framed the ban as a First Amendment violation, given WeChat's effectiveness as a correspondence tool for Chinese-speaking people.

"Effectively banning WeChat—which serves as a virtual public square for the Chinese-speaking and Chinese-American community in the United States and is (as a practical matter) their only means of communication— forecloses meaningful access to communication in their community and thereby operates as a prior restraint on their right to free speech that does not survive strict scrutiny," court documents state.

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US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said the ban raised serious questions related to the constitution's first amendment, guaranteeing free speech. The case came to court after a group of US WeChat users challenged President Donald Trump ' s executive order that sought to shut WeChat down in the

A federal judge in California on Sunday blocked the Trump administration' s executive order banning downloads of the Chinese-owned messaging The judge ' s ruling also blocks the government' s order that would have barred other transactions with WeChat in the U. S ., which could have dramatically

The Commerce Department's announcement came a little more than one month after President Donald Trump issued an executive order suggesting WeChat posed threats to national security. His order directed Wilbur Ross, the secretary of commerce, to identify WeChat transactions subject to restrictive protocols.

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The Commerce Department plans to restrict access to TikTok and WeChat on Sunday as the Trump administration' s executive orders against the two apps are set to take effect.

20 ban on downloads of the social video app until next Sunday, Sept. 27, citing President Trump ’ s provisional approval of ByteDance’s deal to sell Specifically relating to WeChat , as of Sunday, the now-stayed order prohibits “any provision of services through the WeChat mobile application for the

"At the President's direction, we have taken significant action to combat China's malicious collection of American citizens' personal data, while promoting our national values, democratic rules-based norms, and aggressive enforcement of U.S. laws and regulations," said Ross in a Friday statement.

In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs' additionally pointed to an absence of sufficient cause motivating the broadness of the WeChat ban, saying it was "not narrowly tailored to address the government's significant interest in national security."

Trump levied similar accusations about national security against TikTok alongside the early August executive order regarding WeChat. Although he originally threatened to ban TikTok in the U.S. as well, the president recently agreed to a partnership between the social networking app, Oracle and Walmart that will allow it to remain active.

TikTok and WeChat downloads soared in the U.S., following the Commerce Department's Friday announcement. According to a CNN Business report, TikTok downloads increased 12 percent nationwide between Thursday and Friday. WeChat's numbers were even higher, with Friday downloads exceeding those recorded the previous day by 50 percent.

Newsweek reached out to the Department of Commerce for comments, but did not receive a reply in time for publication.

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The ban on using WeChat in the United States suspended by a judge .
© Copyright 2020, L'Obs Latest episode to date in the saga on the fate of TikTok and WeChat applications in the United States: the restrictions that should prevent from Sunday the normal use of WeChat, of the Chinese group Tencent , were temporarily suspended by a judge. The Commerce Department announced on Friday that it would ban downloading one of China's most popular apps in the country in the name of national security.

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