A US judge on Thursday said that she’s ‘not inclined’ on reversing her decision of blocking government from preventing Alphabet Inc’s Google and Apple Inc from making WeChat available for download through the US app stores.
At a hearing, Laurel Beeler, US Magistrate Judge said she didn’t think that one new filing by Justice Department would change her analysis or the outcome.
Previous month, Beeler had issued one preliminary injunction stopping the US Commerce Department’s order that was supposed to be effective starting September 20 in one lawsuit brought the users of WeChat.
The Commerce Department’s order would bar other US transactions along with WeChat as well, possibly making the application unworkable in the US.
The users of WeChat argued that the government looked at implementing unprecedented ban on one whole means of communication and only provided speculations of harm later sans any examples or evidence involving the use of WeChat by the Americans.
Notably, WeChat has about 19 million active users daily in the US, said analytics company Apptopia. It’s famous among the Chinese students, the Americans residing in China as well as a few Americans having business or personal relationships in China. The application is an all-rounder that combines services that are similar to WhatsApp, Facebook, Venmo and Instagram.