What you need to know
- WeChat was supposed to be banned today.
- U.S. District Court temporarily stayed the ban.
- Oracle and Walmart are negotiation to buy the U.S. chapter of TikTok.
The Trump administration's TikTok and WeChat ban was set to partially go into effect today, September 20. Though TikTok was given an extension on the ban pending a potential purchase from Oracle and Walmart, WeChat was not given the same extension according to TechCrunch.
In a last-minute order, U.S. District Court Judge Laurel Beeler of San Francisco District Court stayed the ban. A group of WeChat users, named in the order as the U.S. WeChat Users Alliance, argued that because WeChat is used by U.S. citizens to communicate with friends and family, the ban infringes on free speech rights of Americans.
Judge Beeler's opinion states:
This court case is set to proceed. The Commerce Department will have the opportunity to respond and either change the order, rescind the ban, or push forward to try to convince the federal courts that this ban is constitutional.
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