美法官称不会允许执行微信禁令:侵犯数百万美国用户权利

美法官称不会允许执行微信禁令:侵犯数百万美国用户权利

被紧急叫停了针对微信的禁令后,美国政府并没有放弃,提出了上诉。

在15日举办的听证会上,美国旧金山地方法院法官劳瑞尔•比勒重申,她将继续阻止美国政府下达的禁止美国应用商店提供微信应用程序下载的行政命令。

尽管美国司法部就“国家安全担忧”提交了额外证据,但比勒表示,这些并不能改变她的看法。比勒认为,使用微信发送信息并不违法,美国政府的禁令侵犯了数百万使用该应用的美国人民的言论自由。

此前,比勒发布了一项初步禁令,阻止了美国商务部原定于9月20日晚生效的一项针对微信的行政命令。这项行政命令要求禁止在美国境内与微信有关的任何交易,并阻止美国在线移动应用程序商店提供微信的下载、维护和更新。对此,美国微信用户向美国政府提起诉讼,要求撤销相关禁令。

美法官称不会允许执行微信禁令:侵犯数百万美国用户权利

A U.S. judge in San Francisco on Thursday said she was “not inclined” to reverse her decision blocking the government from barring Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google from offering WeChat for download in U.S. app stores.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler said at a hearing that she did not think a new filing by the Justice Department “changes the outcome” or changes her analysis.

Last month, Beeler issued a preliminary injunction blocking the U.S. Commerce Department order, which was set to take effect late on September 20 in a suit brought by WeChat users.

The Commerce Department order would also bar other U.S. transactions with Chinese hi-tech tycoon Tencent Holding’s WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the United States.

美国司法部已向联邦第9巡回上诉法院就比勒的裁定提出上诉,辩称“允许用户继续不受限制地使用微信会对美国的国家安全和外交政策构成威胁。”

在美微信用户则回应,强调美国政府拿不出任何美国人因使用微信而造成危害的实例,仅凭“猜测”,就对一个通讯媒介展开全方位的“围追堵截”,侵犯了美国宪法赋予公民的合法权力。

The Justice Department has appealed Beeler’s order to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, but no ruling is likely before December.

The Justice Department argues Beeler’s order “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch has determined constitutes a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

The WeChat users argued the government sought “to implement an unprecedented ban of an entire medium of communication” and then only offered “speculation” of harms “without any evidence or examples involving Americans’ use of WeChat.”

作为一款集合了包括社交、聊天和支付等多种功能的移动应用程序,微信已经成为许多中国人日常生活必不可缺的组成部分。据分析公司Apptopia统计,微信在美国日均活跃用户超过1900万。这个应用软件不仅是许多在美华人的重要交流工具,也颇受与中国人有个人或业务交往的美国人的青睐。

据悉,上诉法院在12月之前不会对此做出任何裁决。

WeChat has an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States, accordng to analytics firm Apptopia.

The app is highly popular among Chinese students, Americans living in China and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in China.

WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app that combines services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo. The app is an essential part of daily life for many in China and boasts more than 1 billion users.

In a similar case, a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday agreed to fast-track a government appeal of a ruling blocking the government from banning new TikTok downloads from U.S. app stores.

The Trump administration has targeted WeChat and TikTok for alleged national security and data privacy concerns.