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U.S. COURT JUDGE REFUSES TO BLOCK CHINESE INSTANT MESSAGING APP ‘WeChat’

U.S. Magistrate Judge, Laurel Beeler, last month blocked the upcoming ban on the Chinese instant messaging app, WeChat which was scheduled for 30th of Sept. via premiminary injunction. Beeler stated that the Commerce Dept. “put scant in little evidence” in order to uphold its “national security” argument.

 

The ruling has since been searching for new evidence that will overturn Beeler’s ruling, however Beeler dismissed the request stating that it isn’t enough for her to alter her decision.

 

“The record does not support the conclusion that the government has ‘narrowly tailored’ the prohibited transactions to protect its national-security interests,” Judge Beeler’s decision reads. “[The evidence] supports the conclusion that the restrictions ‘burden substantially more speech than is necessary to further the government’s legitimate interests.’”

 

In spite of this ruling, the DOJ is still aggressively pursuant of a ban on WeChat, taking the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to have the judgment reversed.

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