This Chinese App to get special treatment in the US. Know-how
By Ritika Nath
A U.S. federal judge has approved a plea deal made by a group of WeChat users to delay looming U.S. government made restrictions that would forcefully make this popular Chinese app nearly impossible to use.
Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said that the actions of the government would very much affect the users’ First Amendment rights as an effectual ban on the application removes the platform for their communication.
WeChat is a very popular messaging application which is famous amongst the Chinese speaking Americans which has become the main streams for them as it serves as a lifeline among friends, family, customers and business contacts in China. This major application is owned by the Chinese tech tycoon Tencent.
A group of WeChat users requested to not ban the application after the U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday that they would bar WeChat from the U.S. app stores and restrict it from accessing their essential internet services which are provided in the country, starting from Sunday night at 11:59 p.m.
The U.S. government specified their national security and data privacy concerns in taking measures against WeChat and applying the same restrictions on TikTok and other similar famous apps owned by Chinese firms. The same restrictions which were made on TikTok before got delayed after President Trump decided that he might support a proposed treaty for making TikTok a U.S. company.
WeChat users had argued and claimed that the moves targeting this all-in-one application which provides instant messaging, social media and other communication tools in just a singular app are restricting their freedom of speech.
During the ruling, the court stated that a WeChat ban would lead to eliminating all means of access to communication amongst the prosecutor’s community and that an injunction is supposed to happen in the public interest. In response to this, the U.S. government has stated that banning the app doesn’t mean restricting the freedom of speech because WeChat users are still “free to speak on alternative platforms that do not pose a national security threat.” The evidence which was provided against WeChat posing as a national security threat was also “modest” according to Judge Beeler.
Even after knowing this entire situation the request to not ban WeChat got approved. Is this how this application is getting special treatment? Let us know what you think.