USA stated that WeChat users who download the Chinese app for personal or business communications will not be targeted by President Donald Trump’s executive order.
The US Department of Commerce plans to clarify on September 20 which transactions will be prohibited. “It does not intend to define relevant transactions in a way that would impose criminal or civil liability on such users,” according to a government release filed Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco.
The US WeChat User Alliance is seeking a preliminary injunction against Trump’s executive order. A hearing on the request is scheduled for Thursday.
On Tuesday, a judge denied a request Ticketok Inc. The employee temporarily halted Trump’s order, which prohibits people in the US from doing business with the social media app and its parent company. The judge ruled the request and ahead of time the US said the order would not interfere with the salaries and work of employees at Tiktok.
According to a group of WeChat users, Trump’s August 6 order would beautify the primary and often exclusive channel many US residents use to communicate with family and friends in both China and the US, using it for businesses and non-profit organizations Is also used to run, practice religion and as a source news. WeChat is so integral to the lives of Chinese and Chinese Americans that the ban would be like “losing a limb” for some users, the group claims.
The Veach Users Alliance said in response on Wednesday that government representation is not required to target Veach users. Furthermore, according to the group, if the administration allows WeChat to be used for personal and professional communication, it undermines the American argument that such use is a threat to national security.
“The first failed to express any genuine national security concerns, the administration’s latest ‘assurance’ that users can use WeChat, and exchange their personal and business information, only to defend the defendants’ national security.” ‘S depiction of its hollowness and pre-textual nature. Rational, “the group asked for a court filing.
Trump has said that both TikTok, which is owned by ByteDance Ltd, and WeChat, owned by Tencent Holdings Ltd, are a national security threat as the Chinese Communist Party spreads China’s misinformation, censored news and steals Can use apps for Personal and proprietary information of users.
The case is US WeChat Users Alliance v. Trump, 20-cv-05910, US District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).
(Updates with feedback from WeChat users in the sixth paragraph.)