WeChat ban

Regional News • Americas • United States
US Department of Justice seeks immediate WeChat ban
US Department of Justice seeks immediate WeChat ban
Credit: Courtesy of Wechat

The United States Department of Justice has filed for an immediate ban of WeChat from the US app stores with Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler.

The case is currently tried in court and on Saturday Judge Beeler has stated that an immediate ban would affect the First Amendment rights of users in response to a request for a ban from the Commerce Department.

Technology • Internet & Web
U.S. judge halts order to remove WeChat from app stores
U.S. judge halts order to remove WeChat from app stores
Credit: WeChat

Early Sunday, the U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler blocked the Commerce Department from requiring Apple and Google to remove WeChat for downloads. The judge issued a preliminary injunction at the request of the U.S. WeChat Users Alliance.

The preliminary injunction also blocked the order barring other transactions with WeChat in the United States that could have degraded the site’s usability for current U.S. users.