The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday (September 9) asked a federal judge in San Francisco to allow the execution of an administrative order required by the government to remove WeChat from the U.S. App Store and prohibit WeChat-related transactions.
Documents submitted by the Department of Justice require San Francisco Federal Judge Laurel Beeler to suspend execution of her preliminary ruling issued last Saturday (September 9).
The ruling prevented the execution of the US Department of Commerce order originally scheduled to take effect on the evening of September 9.
The order of the Department of Commerce prohibits online mobile application stores (Google, Apple App Store, etc.) in the United States from providing downloading or maintaining WeChat, composition codes, or application updates; it also prohibits transferring funds or processing payments in the United States through WeChat.
The move by the Ministry of Commerce may make WeChat gradually unusable in the United States.
The Department of Justice documents stated that Biller’s order was wrong, allowing (users) to continue to use WeChat without restriction, and the administration has determined that the application poses a threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy.
The Ministry of Justice document also stated thatAlthough Tencent has proposed a mitigation plan, Seeking to create a new US version of the application, setting specific security measures to protect the source code of the new application, cooperating with a US cloud provider for user data storage, and managing the new application through a US-headquartered entity, but this One plan still requires that Tencent be allowed to retain ownership of WeChat, and it does not address US concerns about the company.Tencent declined to comment.
In support of its views, the Ministry of Justice released part of the September 9th Ministry of Commerce memorandum outlining the WeChat transactions that will be prohibited.
The memo stated: "The WeChat mobile application collects and transmits sensitive personal information of Americans. Tencent can access this information and store it in data centers in China and Canada."
The Ministry of Justice documents stated: "The First Amendment does not just prohibit the supervision of WeChat because it has achieved the popularity and dependence it seeks, precisely to allow it to monitor users, promote its publicity, and Putting American national security at risk."
Analysis firm Apptopia stated in early August that WeChat has an average of 8 million daily active users in the United States.It is popular among Chinese students, Americans living in China, and some Americans who have private or business relationships in China.
Earlier Friday, the Justice Department also sealed a confidential assessment report on WeChat by US intelligence officials.The Ministry of Justice released part of the memo issued by the Ministry of Commerce on September 9.
The memo outlines the WeChat transactions that will be banned.但随后被联邦一位法官比勒阻止，理由居然是，提起诉讼的微信But then he was blocked by a federal judge, Biller, on the grounds that the WeChat who filed the lawsuitThe user seriously questioned the value of the First Amendment ("U.S. Constitution").
U.S. government seeks BillerMake a quick ruling on the request of the Ministry of Justice before October 10st.But keep her order during the appeal.