U.S. appeals court rejects Wechat ban

Added On October 28, 2020

 A U.S. appeals court on Monday rejected a Justice Department's appeal to immediately ban the Chinese social media app Wechat.  

According to judges for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the government had not demonstrated that it would "suffer an imminent, irreparable injury during the pendency of this appeal, which is being expedited."
On Friday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler from the District Court for the Northern District of California also denied the government's motion to stay the preliminary injunction on banning WeChat.
The judge ruled that the government's additional evidence did not alter the court's previous holding that U.S.-based users of WeChat are entitled to a preliminary injunction.
On Aug. 6, Trump issued an executive order banning U.S. transactions via WeChat, which would take effect on the late night of Sept. 20.
To fight for the legal rights of all WeChat users in the country, the U.S. WeChat Users Alliance (USWUA) sued the Trump administration for the ban.
The lawsuit opened in court on Sept. 17. 
The plaintiffs, including USWUA and other app users, argued that WeChat is irreplaceable for its users in the United States.