A judge in California said Friday (18 US Eastern time) that she planned to hold a new hearing on Saturday at the request of wechat users to decide whether it is necessary to suspend the wechat offline order issued by the US Department of Commerce. The administrative measures to remove wechat from the shelves will take effect on Sunday.U.S. companies will be banned from trading with WeChat and TikTok, the Commerce Department said in a statement Friday morning. and will prohibit Americans from downloading these SMS and video-sharing through any app store on any platform.
Earlier, judge laurel Beeler of the Northern District Court of California issued an order saying that wechat users in the United States filed a request for a temporary injunction in a lawsuit, but this did not have practical significance after the administrative order of the Ministry of Commerce was issued. However, she said in a written order, "the court can hold a hearing on any urgent motion."
The WeChat user Union has previously applied to the court for a temporary ban to prevent the Trump administration from banning individual users, businesses, and organizations from using WeChat in the United States. They say WeChat is an essential part of the lives of both Chinese and Chinese Americans. Michael w· Bean (Michael W.Bien), a lawyer representing the alliance, said at a hearing Friday,"The key is to maintain the status quo and prevent the ban from taking effect."
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross (Wilbur Ross) told the media on Friday that "for all practical purposes ,[ WeChat] in the United States will be closed ". However, a U.S. Department of Commerce official told the media that WeChat can still be used by existing users in the United States, but there will be some functional failures and sporadic software outages.
Beeler judge instructed lawyers representing WeChat users to take into account the Ministry of Commerce's executive order and submit the revised complaint later on Friday.
The hearing in the California court is scheduled to be held at 4:30 p.m. EST on Saturday (04:30 Beijing time on Sunday), so that judge Beeler will have time to decide whether to block the commerce department's order from taking effect.
Judge Beeler pointed out that the commerce department's plan will be implemented on Sunday, so we have to solve the problem between Friday and Saturday afternoons.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice in a document submitted to the court, the Beeler judge should reject the request because President Trump has used his emergency power to deal with WeChat's threat, and the plaintiff has not clearly indicated any legal basis for the court to take unconventional steps to exercise the court's power.