Tech & Telecom Law

WeChat Users Won’t Be Targeted by Trump’s Order, U.S. Says (2)

Sept. 17, 2020, 12:00 PM

WeChat users who download the Chinese app for personal or business communications won’t be targeted by President Donald Trump’s executive order that will prohibit using the app for some transactions, the U.S. said.

The U.S. Commerce Department plans to clarify by Sept. 20 which transactions will be prohibited. But it doesn’t intend to define “the relevant transactions in such a way that would impose criminal or civil liability on such users,” according to a government filing Wednesday in federal court in San Francisco.

The U.S. WeChat Users Alliance is seeking a preliminary injunction against Trump’s executive order. A hearing...

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