WeChat users won’t be penalized, says US


The Judicial Department said on Wednesday that WeChat users would not face civil or criminal penalties even if the United States bans the Chinese-owned messaging app through other action.

In August, the President Donald Trump Unveiled proposed comprehensive ban on US transactions with Tencent, The owner of the mainland Chinese app. executive Order, Called WeChat And The Bytedance Short video app TIC Toc A “significant threat” to national security, followed American efforts to purge “unpublished” Chinese apps from American digital networks.

Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross The rules have been set on Sunday to clarify what would be prohibited WeChat transactions.

WeChat users have Filed a motion The District Court in San Francisco in the US called for an initial injunction prohibiting the Trump administration from prohibiting the use of WeChat in the United States by individual users, businesses and groups. The hearing on the request is for Thursday.

The Justice Department responded in a filing on Wednesday that Ross does not plan to target individuals or groups who only download or use WeChat to deliver personal or business information, saying they face criminal or civil penalties Will not have to.

But the department said that “the use of the app for such communication may be directly or indirectly through targeted measures in other transactions.”

The lawsuit, which was sued by WeChat users, explicitly ordered “prohibits millions of WeChat users in the United States … from using the most popular social media space for Chinese speakers in the world.”

WeChat has been downloaded 19 million times in the United States, data from Sensor Tower has been shown, but in China, the app is ubiquitous as a medium for services, games, and payments.

Trump’s order stated that WeChat “automatically receives a large amount of information from its users,” which “allows the Chinese Communist Party to access personal and proprietary information of Americans.”

© Thomson Reuters 2020


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