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U.S. says WeChat users will not be penalized - 2020-09-16

F349.png U.S. says WeChat users will not be penalized September 16, 2020, David Shepardson, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - WeChat users will not face civil or criminal penalties even if the United States bans the Chinese-owned messaging app through other actions next week, the Justice Department said on Wednesday.

In August, President Donald Trump unveiled a proposed sweeping ban on U.S. transactions with Tencent Holdings Ltd, owner of the popular mainland Chinese app. The executive order, which called WeChat and Bytedance's short-video app TikTok "significant threats" to national security, followed stepped-up U.S. efforts to purge "untrusted" Chinese apps from U.S. digital networks.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is set to release regulations by Sunday clarifying what WeChat transactions will be prohibited.

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{{cite news | first = David | last = Shepardson | title = U.S. says WeChat users will not be penalized | url = https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-china-wechat/u-s-says-wechat-users-will-not-be-penalized-idUSKBN2673P2 | work = Reuters | date = September 16, 2020 | accessdate = September 18, 2020 }}