Court Rejects Trump Administration’s Request For Immediate Ban On WeChat – Forbes


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A U.S. appeals court has denied the Trump administration’s request to immediately ban Chinese-owned app WeChat from smartphone app stores over national security concerns, backing a decision made by a California federal court judge who had previously blocked the ban.

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The Justice Department argued that WeChat was a threat to national security.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, however, told the Justice Department that the government had not demonstrated that it would suffer “imminent, irreparable injury” while its appeal against the California court ruling is pending.

The appeal court set a hearing for the WeChat case for January 2021.

A group of WeChat users who had filed a suit calling for a halt on the ban told Reuters that the ruling will avoid an “unprecedented shutdown of
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