On the evening of September 20, the global network reported that the Wall Street Journal and other media reported that California federal judge laurel Biler issued an order on the 20th to issue a preliminary injunction to prevent the U.S. Department of Commerces administrative order prohibiting downloading wechat took effect at 23:59 on the 20th.
The U.S. Department of Commerce issued an administrative order on the 18th to ban transactions related to wechat in the United States 20 days later. New York Times said that in view of the judges ruling, the relevant ban will not take effect in the evening of 20.
The associated press said judge Bilers ruling was made at the request of a group of wechat users. Judge Biler believed that the U.S. governments actions would affect users First Amendment rights, and the ban on wechat killed their communication platform. The judge also held that the specific evidence of the US government that wechat constitutes a national security threat is very inconspicuous.
Yesterday evening, Tencent also issued an announcement, talking about the impact of the relevant ban in the United States. Tencent said that existing wechat users in the United States may continue to use the app for communication, but wechat may not be able to obtain new users in the United States, and the continuous updating of users in the United States may also be negatively affected. In addition, the quality of services provided by wechat may be negatively affected.
Tencent said it was further assessing the impact of prohibited transaction identification on the group. The company has been and will continue to negotiate with the U.S. government and other U.S. stakeholders to reach a long-term solution.
Early in the morning of September 18 local time, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a statement on its official website, saying that for wechat, as of September 20, 2020, the following transactions will be banned:
Provide any Internet hosting service in the United States to support the function or optimization of mobile applications; provide any content distribution network services in the United States to support the operation or optimization of mobile applications; directly contract or subcontract Internet transmission or exchange services in the United States to realize the function or optimization of mobile applications; Use the constituent code, function or service of the above mobile application in the functions of software or services developed or accessible in the United States.
However, it is understood that this download ban will not prohibit us companies from conducting business through wechat outside the United States, nor will it prohibit Tencents other business transactions (including online game business), nor will Apple, Google or other companies from providing wechat downloads anywhere outside the United States.
Tencent issued a statement that night
We are aware of the latest announcement of the US Secretary of Commerces executive order for wechats use in the United States.
As an application serving users all over the world, wechat has always complied with local laws and regulations, and its data policies and procedures conform to the worlds most stringent privacy standards.
We will continue to communicate with the U.S. government for a long-term solution.