US government says, “at present,” it doesn’t plan to prosecute WeChat users for downloading or using the app.
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The Trump administration’s looming ban on WeChat won’t target people who use or download the Chinese-owned app, the administration said in a filing Wednesday. The government’s filing came in response to a lawsuit filed in August by a group of WeChat users not affiliated with the company behind the app that argued the President Donald Trump’s ban is unconstitutional.
Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 banning US transactions on WeChat, calling the messaging app owned by Chinese giant TenCent a “significant” threat to national security. The user group’s lawsuit sought a restraining order against the executive order, calling it “vaguely worded” and saying it fails to provide evidence that WeChat poses a threat to US national security.
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The Justice Department said in the filing it had notified the WeChat users that their use of the app wasn’t prohibited by the order,