WeChat Ban Blocked by Federal Judge in Ruling Against Trump Administration
A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s executive order curbing Americans’ use of WeChat , upholding a motion from users of the popular Chinese-owned messaging and e-commerce app.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler entered an order Sunday for a preliminary injunction blocking the federal ban on U.S. downloads and other functions from going into force as scheduled for 11:59 p.m. Sunday.
The ruling is a victory for WeChat ’s owner, Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., and the U.S. WeChat Users Alliance, the nonprofit organization representing several mobile app users that filed the motion against the Trump administration in August. The group, which has said it isn’t affiliated with Tencent, said it…