October 31, 2020

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The Trump administration appeals to the ban on WeChat

The Trump administration appeals to the ban on WeChat


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The US government is appealing a ruling by a judge that ended a ban on the Chinese chat app WeChat. The Trump administration wanted WeChat to be banned from U.S. app stores starting September 20, but a judge in San Francisco put an end to it as it would affect the freedom of expression for American users of the app.

The US government believes WeChat, owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent, poses a threat to national security. The company is said to be storing a lot of information about US users that could potentially get into the hands of the Chinese government. For this reason, Trump also has the TikTok app in his sights. WeChat users who challenged the ban in court felt that the only reason for the ban had to do with the presidential election and the image Trump is trying to convey.