The upcoming TikTok ban has also been postponed until September 27th
Written by: Frances Leach
A California judge has blocked the trump administration’s ban on China-based messaging service, WeChat, which was due to come into effect yesterday.
The US Magistrate Judge, Laurel Beeler, said that WeChat users showed “serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim, the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs’ favor.”
A group of WeChat users, calling themselves the ‘WeChat alliance’ filed a lawsuit last month in response to the upcoming ban, citing that WeChat is “the primary app Chinese-speakers in the U.S. use to participate in social life by connecting with loved ones, sharing special moments, arguing ideas, receiving up-to-the minute news, and participating in political discussions and advocacy.”
If the ban had been allowed to go forward, users in the US would have found themselves unable to download the apps from Apple and Google’s app stores as of yesterday. This news is another major update in the tech world this month, as President Trump gave his blessing to another deal between TikTok and US firms Oracle and Walmart.
The new deal will allow video app TikTok to continue operating in the US after months of uncertainty between owners ByteDance and the US government.
WeChat users will be hoping for a similar agreement to be reached between the US government and owners Tencent, although there have been no clear signs of progress yet.