U.S. government asks judge to reverse injunction that prevents it from banning WeChat in the states
WeChat is the most popular and widely used application in the world. More than one billion people in China use the app to browse the Internet, shop online, send and receive messages, and much more. U.S. companies such as Disney and Walmart use WeChat to make payments and communicate with their customers in China. Tencent Holdings, the developer of the app, is a Chinese company that explains why the U.S. government intends to ban the use of the app. Many Chinese companies are accused of collecting personal data from Americans and U.S. companies as national security threats. Send that data to Beijing.
U.S. urges judge to overturn basic injunction barring US from banning WeChat from US app stores
The U.S. asks judge to overturn the ruling on preliminary injunction banning WeChat app
Lawyer Orney Clay Shu, who represents American WeChat users, says the government is “urgently seeking an initial injunction but has had 12 days to file an appeal. If WeChat really represents a threat to national security, the government claims it’s fundamental.” The enjoining order should have been appealed on the same day or the next day, but the reality is that there is no emergency.
Today, in a San Francisco federal court that issued a preliminary injunction restraining U.S. WeChat users from banning the app, the Trump administration demanded that the ban on the app be reinstated. The judge will have to rule on the request and ask that her injunction be stayed. Although the president is battling COVID-19 at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC, the wheels of justice are moving forward despite the lack of a timeline for when these decisions should be made.
The Justice Department ruled that Judge Bealer’s decision on a preliminary injunction was incorrect because it allowed WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch had determined was a threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy, to continue to operate without interruption.