Trump administration says WeChat ban will have no effect on US users

The TikTok and WeChat app icons are seen on the smartphone screen.

The Associated Press

NEW YORK – According to a government program on Wednesday, the US ban on the Chinese app WeChat will not target those who use the app for communication.

President Donald Trump issued orders on 6 August that targeted WeChat and TikTok as alleged national-security threats and to draft specific measures by the Department of Commerce to prevent “transactions” with Chinese owners of apps September 20 deadline was implemented.

The nonprofit American WeChat User Alliance and many people who say they trust the app for work, worship and keep in contact with relatives in China sue to ban the ban in federal court in California . The lawsuit states that the ban violates its American users’ freedom of speech, independent practice of religion, and other constitutional rights.

WeChat users who say they are not affiliated with WeChat or its parent company, Tencent 700,
The injunction is seeking injunction against the order, and a hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

WeChat users in the US rely on the app to talk to friends, family and colleagues in China, where messaging, payment, and social media apps are widely used. It has several million users in the US

The Department of Justice said in a filing on Wednesday that the Commerce Department “does not intend to take actions that would target individuals or groups whose only connection with WeChat is the use or download of the app to convey personal or business information among users” is.” It added that such users would not be exposed as “criminal or civil liability”.

Government filings said that using and downloading the application for communication would not be a restricted transaction, although the message on the app could be “directly or indirectly attenuated” by the ban.

The Department of Justice filing said these “mass assurances” address concerns raised by plaintiffs who called for injunctions.

The lead lawyer for WeChat users, Michael Bien, said in an interview that the plaintiffs would file a response on Wednesday.