The US Justice department has asked a Federal judge in San Francisco to bar major Chinese messaging app WeChat from being downloaded from Apple Inc.’s appstore and Alphabet Inc.’s playstore. The filing asks US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler to hold her injunction issued last Saturday which blocked the US commerce departments order to bar the use of WeChat in the United States of America.
Last week the US Commerce Department ordered to bar all transactions originating in the US with Tencent Holding’s WeChat. According to sources close to the department, the filing states that Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler’s order “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch has determined constitutes a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”.
Tension has been rising steadily between the US and China after President Trump’s allegations of Chinese firms pirating intellectual properties of major US firms. The first casualty to President Trump’s sanctions against China was Huawei, the leading authority on 5G data transference. Huawei CEO Ren Zhengfei said that the firm is now on “Survival mode” as it rushes to bypass the sanctions issued on them by the US Commerce department and find alternative trade partners in the west.