WeChat Users Will Not Be Penalised, US Says

WeChat Users Will Not Be Penalised, US Says

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 US transactions with Tencent, 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 US efforts to purge "untrusted" Chinese apps from US digital networks.

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