Stating that the Chinese-owned messaging service poses as a threat to the security of the United States, the US Commerce Department has made a move to ban WeChat from US app stores.
However, the Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California decides to delay the US restrictions, stating that it would affect users’ First Amendment rights and that the US will suffer irreparable harm if the court does not stay its decision.
In a court filing, the Justice Department asked Beeler to give room for an immediate ban while the case works its way through court. The filing also states that WeChat has approximately 19 million active daily users in the US in a range of formats, including text, images, video, and audio.
The Trump administration has aimed at WeChat and TikTok over national security and data privacy concerns.