A group of WeChat users submitted treatment against Donald Trump's mandate for a ban, calling the decision unconstitutional. The lawsuit, filed in the peripheral court of USA in San Francisco, was practiced by US WeChat Alliance Group, a non-profit group that not related to the owner of the application.
Ο president Donald Trump signed an order earlier this month banning US transactions on WeChat, calling the Chinese giant a messaging app TenCent, as "important threatening»For the national safety. The lawsuit alleges that the complaint was "vaguely worded" and that it provided no evidence that WeChat was a real threat.
«In a clear infringement of the First Amendment, the Executive Order targets and silences WeChat users, the vast majority of whom are members of the Chinese community, " says complaint. "It regulates constitutionally protected speech, expression and association and is not narrowly adapted to restrict only that speech it presents. risks national security for the United States.»
Trump issued bans on August 6 against WeChat and Chinese application TikTok, citing concerns that TikTok and WeChat collect "huge samples of data and information from its users»By US users. There is also concern that Chinese companies may not be able to reject requests from the ruling Communist Party of China for access to this data.
«In the United States, the proliferation of corporate applications developed and owned by companies in the People's Republic of China continues to threaten the national security, foreign policy and economy of the United States.»States the executive order.
The app has more than 1 billion users worldwide, with more than 19 million daily users in the US, according to Apptopia analytics.
However, experts warn that the ban on WeChat could severely limit the ability of US companies to compete at their current level in Chinese markets. Apple iPhone sales, for example, could fall by 30% worldwide if the ban forces the Apple App Store to cut WeChat, according to an Apple analyst.
Neither the White House nor TenCent responded immediately to requests for comment.