Judge Biler said the new evidence submitted by the government did not change her view on wechat. Earlier, the Justice Department argued that wechat was a threat to us national security. 19 million wechat users are active in the United States. It is popular among Chinese students, Americans living in China, and many Americans with personal or business relationships in China.
Wechat is an all-in-one mobile application that combines services like Facebook, WhatsApp, instagram and venmo. The app is an essential tool in the daily life of many people in China, claiming to have more than one billion users.
The U.S. Department of justice has appealed judge Bilers decision to allow users to continue using wechat, but a ruling is unlikely to be made before December.
In a lawsuit filed by wechat users, judge Biler last month blocked an order from the U.S. Department of Commerce scheduled to take effect on September 20 to remove wechat from the U.S. app store. The Ministry of Commerces order will also ban other transactions between the United States and wechat, which may make the app unusable in the United States.
Some wechat users believe that the U.S. government is seeking an unprecedented ban on the entire communication media, and only gives speculation about the harm of using wechat by Americans.
In a similar case, an appeals court in the United States agreed to expedite the hearing of the governments appeal against a ruling that blocked the governments order to ban the download of the short video sharing app tiktok from us app stores. (small)
Source: Qiao JunJing, editor in charge of Netease science and Technology Report_ NBJ11279