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The Trump administration’s efforts to ban WeChat are headed toward another roadblock.

In a hearing Thursday, US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said she was unlikely to grant the US Department of Justice’s request for a stay of her September ruling blocking the ban while it continues to litigate the case, Bloomberg reported.

If Beeler declines to grant the government’s request, the Trump administration would be unable to implement the ban while it appeals her September order. DOJ lawyers have also asked the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to overturn Beeler’s order.

WeChat, Tencent, and the DOJ did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

The lawsuit was originally brought by WeChat users in August, who argued the proposed ban “eviscerates an irreplaceable cultural bridge” and is “unlawful and unconstitutional.”

Beeler said that new evidence presented by DOJ lawyers to back up its claims of national security concerns surrounding the app didn’t convince her that the government’s concerns outweighed the free speech rights of the millions of Chinese-speaking Americans who rely on the app, according to Bloomberg.

Trump has taken aim at WeChat, a mobile app owned by Chinese-based internet giant Tencent that includes messaging, social media, …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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