Judge delays order to restrict use of WeChat in US

A judge ordered the delay of the Trump administration’s order to restrict the use of WeChat in the US. The judge who ordered the po...

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  • A judge ordered the delay of the Trump administration’s order to restrict the use of WeChat in the US.
  • The judge who ordered the postponement of the WeChat restriction said the government’s action would affect the rights of First Amendment users.
  • The judge’s order to favor the use of WeChat occurs during Trump’s dispute with TikTok.

As President Donald Trump demands the sale of TikTok, a judge ordered a delay in the restriction he seeks to impose on WeChat, another Chinese app.

The news agency AP reported this Sunday that a judge in the United States approved a request by a group of WeChat users to delay looming government restrictions that could make the popular application almost impossible to use.

In a ruling dated Saturday, California Magistrate Laurel Beeler said the government’s actions would affect the rights of First Amendment users, as an effective ban on the app eliminates its communication platform, AP reported.

WeChat is a popular messaging app among many Mandarin-speaking Americans and serves as a lifeline for friends, family, clients, and business contacts in China. It is owned by Chinese technology giant Tencent, the agency said.

A group of WeChat users made the request after the US Commerce Department said on Friday it would ban WeChat from US app stores and prevent access to essential internet services in the country, starting this Sunday at 11:59 at night.

The government cited national security and data privacy concerns by cracking down on WeChat and imposing similar restrictions on TikTok, another popular Chinese-owned app.

The restrictions on TikTok were delayed for a week on Saturday after President Donald Trump said he supported a proposed deal that would make TikTok an American company.

WeChat users argued that actions against the app will restrict freedom of expression.

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In the ruling, the court said that banning WeChat “removes all meaningful access to communication in the plaintiff community” and that a court order would be in the public interest.

The government argued that it was not restricting freedom of expression because WeChat users are still “free to speak on alternative platforms that do not pose a threat to national security.”

The specific evidence regarding the threat to national security that WeChat posed was also “modest,” according to Judge Beeler.

The dispute over TikTok and WeChat is the latest point of tension between the world’s two largest economies, as the Trump administration tries to counter Beijing’s influence.

Since taking office in 2017, Trump has waged a trade war with China, blocked mergers involving Chinese companies and stifled the business of Chinese companies such as Huawei, a maker of telecommunications equipment and telephones.

TikTok owner would seek payment of $ 60 billion per agreement with the US.

Following President Donald Trump’s approval of a preliminary deal, the owner of TikTok would seek as payment 60 billion of dollars.

Bloomberg reported Sunday that Chinese company ByteDance Ltd. is seeking a $ 60 billion valuation for TikTok, as Oracle Corp. and Walmart Inc. are participating in the deal that arose out of alleged concerns for U.S. security, according to a person familiar with the matter.

According to the Bloomberg source, who asked not to be identified when discussing private negotiations, Oracle and Walmart have the right to purchase 12.5% ​​and 7.5%, respectively, of a newly established Global TikTok under a agreement that won the approval of President Donald Trump on Saturday,

The two companies would pay a total of 12 billion dollars for their shares if they accept that sale price, detailed the aforementioned media.

The final value had not been established as the parties draw up the capital structure and measures for data security, the source said.

The terms are still changing and the proposed value could still change. Beijing has yet to approve the deal, although regulators are said to favor any transaction in which ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, maintains control of its valuable recommendation algorithms and other proprietary technology.

As you will recall, ByteDance was pressured to agree to a deal by TikTok when Trump threatened to ban the popular short video app in the United States over alleged national security concerns.

After Microsoft Corp. made a proposal for the full purchase of the service, ByteDance turned to Oracle’s offer in which the Chinese parent would retain a solid majority stake.

“I approved the deal in concept,” Trump told reporters Saturday as he left the White House for a campaign rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. “If they can, it’s great. If they don’t, that’s fine too, ”he commented.

Representatives for ByteDance and Oracle did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Bloomberg.

The value of TikTok has been a looming question as Washington and Beijing stepped up their rhetoric on the negotiations. The service for the US market alone has been estimated to be worth $ 20 to $ 50 billion, or even more. Snap Inc., for context, is trading at a valuation of $ 35 billion, Bloomberg said.

ByteDance, the Beijing-based parent company, is the world’s most valuable private startup at $ 140 billion, according to market researcher CB Insights.

The TikTok Global deal does not include the app’s Chinese twin Douyin, which has become a huge hit in its own right.

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