The United States distances itself from Trump attempts to ban WeChat

A day after suspending a proposed ban on TikTok, the Biden administration distances itself from attempts by former President Donald Trump to ban the Chinese messaging app WeChat. The Commerce Department is reviewing recent actions, such as the rules that weaken TikTok and WeChat, to ensure the Trump administration’s efforts to ban them on the basis of alleged national security threats were justified, according to a government on Thursday that filed a lawsuit by WeChat users to contest the ban. The courts have blocked Trump’s attempted ban on WeChat from going into effect, saying it would affect the rights of First Amendment users. WeChat is a messaging app with other features like social media and payments that is dominant in China where many American social media and messaging apps are banned. It is also popular with many Chinese speakers in the United States, with millions of users, as it allows them to connect with friends, family and business contacts in China. It is owned by the Chinese tech giant Tencent. In China, WeChat is censored and is expected to adhere to the content restrictions set by the authorities. Toronto-based Internet surveillance group Citizen Lab said WeChat monitors files and images shared overseas to aid its censorship in China.

The Trump administration has targeted WeChat and TikTok due to their Chinese ownership, saying US user data could be shared with the Chinese government. TikTok denied doing this or would. Tencent claimed to incorporate the highest standards of user privacy and data security.

The attempted bans were part of the administration’s escalating tensions with China, which included a trade war, blocking mergers involving Chinese companies, and stifling the business of Huawei, a manufacturer of telephones and telecommunications equipment. .

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News Highlights:

  • Tencent claimed to incorporate the highest standards of user privacy and data security. The ban attempts were part of administrations escalating tensions with China, which included a trade war, merger blockade involving Chinese companies, and the stifling business of Huawei, a manufacturer. of telephones and telecommunication equipment.
  • The United States distances itself from Trump attempts to ban WeChat