U.S. WeChat User Alliance Files Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

August 22, 2020 5:48 pm

BEIJING (PingWest) — New Jersey-based nonprofit organization U.S. WeChat Users Alliance (USWUA) filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Friday, Saturday 21, claiming that the executive order President Trump signed on August 6 is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco to seek a block of the executive order that would ban transactions with WeChat. The bar is set to take effect around September 20, 2020.

Plaintiff not only includes the U.S. WeChat Users Alliance, but also a small business and several individuals. The plaintiff said they are not connected with the popular Chinese social media app owned by Tencent Holdings, Ltd., Tencent representatives told the Wall Street Journal. The USWUA also claimed so on their official website.

The lawsuit alleges the ban of transactions of WeChat violates the users’ rights of the app to free speech, due process and equal protection under law. Plaintiff also contend the ban illegally targets Chinese-Americans, said one of the attorneys, Michael Bien, who represents the suing party.

“We think it would be unconstitutional to ban the use of the app if that’s what they finally come out with,” Mr. Bien said in an interview. “If they take the app off the market, we will fight it.”