Earlier, the U.S. District Court judge laurel Beeler made a preliminary judgment on September 19, blocking the U.S. Department of Commerces ban on wechat. The U.S. Department of Justice said it was appealing to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in response to judge Bilers preliminary judgment. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Apples and Googles U.S. app stores ban wechats download service, while users in the United States may not be able to use wechats payment and other functions.
In response to the above news, the media could not immediately get comment from a US spokesman for Tencent.
Earlier, the Justice Department said Bilers ruling was wrong, allowing continued and unrestricted use of wechat, but the U.S. administration has determined that it is a mobile app that poses a threat to us national security and foreign policy.
But the U.S. wechat user union challenged the ban from the Ministry of Commerce, whose lawyers said on Friday that the U.S. Department of Commerce still hasnt provided any convincing evidence that this unprecedented ban is justified. The group said it would oppose the Justice Departments appeal.
Tencent has been trying to negotiate solutions with the Ministry of Commerce and has proposed measures to ease the ban to allay U.S. government concerns about data security, the group said.
Users of wechat claim that their right to freedom of speech, as provided for in the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution, has been violated, Biler said.
In early August, apptopia, an analysis firm, said wechat had an average of 19million active users a day in the United States. Wechat is welcomed by overseas students in the United States, Chinese and Americans with business or other relations in China, with more than 1billion users worldwide. (Tianmen Mountain)
Source: Wang Fengzhi, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NT2541