The US government wants to try again to ban the Chinese chat app WeChat from app stores. The Justice Department has appealed the verdict of a California judge. It determined in September that Apple and Google may continue to offer the app in their app stores.
The US government wants WeChat out of the app stores because the app would pose a threat to national security. On the basis of the same argument, the government is also trying to ban the video app TikTok. Both apps are owned by the Chinese company Tencent.
According to the United States, US users of WeChat run the risk of their data falling into the hands of the Chinese Communist Party. Tencent denies that WeChat is being used for espionage.
The Ministry of Justice is now going to an appeal court. That federal court must now consider whether the objections of the US government outweigh the measure, a ban on the download of WeChat in the US.
WeChat is especially popular in China, but is also used by the Chinese abroad, for example to keep in touch with family. In addition to sending chat and audio messages, the app also includes a way to pay in stores. Users can also order products and services directly from the app.