Federal judge blocks new DOJ effort to ban WeChat downloads from US app stores, citing users' First Amendment rights

Posted On: Oct 23, 2020   |   Posted By: RT

Federal judge blocks new DOJ effort to ban WeChat downloads from US app stores, citing users' First Amendment rights

A US federal judge has denied a government request to blacklist the Chinese-owned WeChat program from app stores, arguing that the sweeping ban is far too broad and would violate the speech rights of users.
Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler shot down the Justice Department's renewed attempt to prohibit the app in a ruling on Friday, upholding a previous decision on the grounds that the ban is “not narrowly tailored to address the government's significant interest in national security” and does not survive “scrutiny under the First Amendment.”
Though the DOJ argued the move would be “content neutral” and respect the speech rights of WeChat users, Beeler concluded that the restrictions “burden substantially more speech than is necessary to further the government's legitimate interests” and would leave “no viable alternative platforms or apps for the Chinese-speaking and Chinese-American community.”
Judge Beeler has denied the Trump admin's request to stay her injunction blocking its ban on WeChatApp , finding the...

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