A U.S. judge has again rejected the government’s request to allow a blockade of WeChat. The U.S. government had provided new evidence that WeChat would be a threat to national security, but the judge disagreed.
Juache laurel Beeler, of the San Francisco district court, ruled that there is no conclusive evidence that WeChat, an app developed by China’s Tencent, poses such a threat to the United States that a blockade of the application must be enforced. That reports Reuters news agency. It was the government’s second attempt to secure a blockade, after an earlier request was rejected last month. Although additional evidence was provided about imminent Chinese threat to national security, this could not convince Judge Beeler.
The U.S. Department of Justice has appealed the judge’s decision. But according to Reuters, a ruling is not expected before December, so WeChat is still available in Apple and Google.
The U.S. Department of Commerce recently ruled that Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store should block WeChat and TikTok from U.S. users. The Justice Department argued in court that the blockade should proceed because otherwise the president’s “determination would be frustrated at how best to counter the threat to national security.” Incidentally, the government itself has already postponed a blockade of TikTok, due to a possible deal with Oracle and Walmart. Al a US judge later temporarily banned.