Reported The Wall Street Journal reports that a group of WeChat users are suing the Trump administration over the president’s executive order prohibiting transactions with the app.
The group is not affiliated with WeChat or the company that owns the app, Tencent, but is seeking to block the president’s August 6 order, which the group says is unconstitutional because it violates users’ rights to due process and freedom of expression.
It says The lawsuit Also: The ban targets Americans of Chinese origin, because WeChat is the primary app that Chinese speakers in the United States use to participate in social life by communicating with loved ones, sharing special moments, discussing ideas, receiving the latest news, and participating in political discussions. .
The lawsuit states that the WeChat application has become necessary to run the daily lives of its users, as many of them spend hours on the application regularly every day.
President Trump’s executive order explicitly prohibits any transaction related to WeChat, and there has been significant confusion about the ban, which is due to go into effect next month, due to its broad language.
The ban was one of the executive orders the president signed targeting Chinese companies, while another banned all transactions with ByteDance, the parent company of the video-sharing app TikTok.
Both are based on the Emergency Economic Powers Act and the National Emergency Law.
Trump’s order against WeChat states that WeChat, like TikTok, can also be used in disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party, while WeChat and TikTok assert that they do not pose a security risk.
(TikTok) confirmed that it plans to sue the Trump administration over the executive order, and the app was in talks with Microsoft about the possibility of the software giant getting TikTok operations in the United States, and other companies, including Twitter Oracle, were also reported to be in separate talks with TikTok. .
The WeChat user group is made up of people who say: They rely on WeChat for personal and business purposes.
The group’s attorney said: It hopes the Trump administration will be forced to provide notice of WeChat transactions that will be subject to the ban.
WeChat is widely used for shopping, payments and business transactions in China, with an estimated 1 billion users there, compared to 1.5 million users in the United States.
And earlier this month, more than a dozen US companies, including Apple, Ford and Disney, opposed the WeChat ban, and told White House officials how blocking WeChat would be a problem for them and their companies.