A US judge halted the government’s ban on WeChat downloads on Sunday, hours before it was set to take effect in an ongoing war between Washington and Beijing for technology and espionage.
The Trump administration ordered the download ban for the TikTok video-sharing app as well as for the WeChat messaging platform.
A decision by a California court said it approved the government order’s “motion for a national injunction against execution,” with the judge citing questions about free expression.
According to experts, the order against WeChat would have slowed it down and made it unusable in the US for videochats with family and friends.
Owned by internet giant TenCent, WeChat has about 19 million active daily users in the United States.
President Donald Trump said that he had approved a deal that would allow Silicon Valley giant Oracle to become the data partner for immensely popular TikTok to prevent that app from being shut down.
The agreement, confirmed by the companies, involves Walmart as a commercial partner and will create TikTok Global, a new U.S. business.
The deal, which came with companies racing against the Sunday deadline set by Trump’s administration, was verified by TikTok, owned by China’s ByteDance.
Due to “recent positive developments,” the US Department of Commerce declared on Saturday that it was postponing the ban on TikTok downloads to 27 September.
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