WeChat, the China-based app’s ban has been paused by a California judge even after President Trump’s administration had plans of banning it from app stores in the US.
The ban was supposed to take place on September 20th and would’ve stopped Apple, Google and other tech giants from upgrading or maintaining the app for users in the US. This ban would’ve also forced WeChat to stop making it possible to fund transfers and payment processing nationwide.
A group of WeChat users had requested the Justice Department to halt the app store ban, citing freedom of speech, free exercise of religion along with other constitutional rights.
The app’s US users used the platform, mainly to communicate with the family and friends back in China. There are around 19 million everyday users of the app in the US, the WeChat Users Alliance said.
San Francisco US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler had placed this ruling, providing a preliminary injunction that gives the app more time.
This legal action is a part of the current app battle that continues between the two countries.
Trump had placed the ban on the Chinese app based on claims that it was a national security threat. He had told TikTok and WeChat that they would be required to sell off the US operations of their apps if they did not wish to stop working in the US, and if not, it would be banned.
ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, had a deal ready to go with Oracle, four days before its deadline, which has stopped the app from being banned in the US.