What you need to know
- A group is suing the Trump administration, seeking to overturn an executive order banning WeChat.
- Five Chinese-American lawyers founded the U.S. WeChat Users Alliance in the wake of the ban.
- They say WeChat is fundamental to some users, and that the ban is unlawful.
A group of Chinese-American lawyers plans to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration seeking to overturn a recent executive order targeting WeChat.
President Trump signed two executive orders targeting WeChat and TikTok earlier this month. The U.S. WeChat Users Alliance, founded by five Chinese-American lawyers in wake of the orders, will file a lawsuit today in the District Court for Northern California, seeking to overturn the ban.
Lead lawyer Michael Bien stated:
The group does not have a huge U.S. user base, only clocking around 19 million downloads. However, the group will argue that the app serves as a primary method to "communicate, organize social groups, run businesses and engage in political activities", as such the ban violates the Constitution by censoring "such a fundamental part of communication", they also pointed out that this affects a minority group:
The group also notes the fact that the order is very ambiguous:
As with the ban on TikTok, it will be up to the U.S. government to define what exactly constitutes a "transaction" between TikTok, WeChat, and any U.S. citizen or company. Until then, the true ramifications of the orders remain very unclear.
The group says that a lawsuit "seemed like a longshot at first", but is now more optimistic following extensive research into the case.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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