Chevron orders staff worldwide to delete WeChat from their work phones, despite a judge blocking Trump's ban of the app
- Chevron Corporation has told its employees around the world to delete Tencent’s
- Any staff that don't delete the Chinese social media and chat app will have their access to Chevron's internal system revoked, it said.
- The American oil giant is one of the first companies in the US to take the
Trump administration’s banof the social media and chat app on board.
- A federal judge blocked the US government from banning WeChat app downloads from Sunday, September 20. The US Commerce Department said it will challenge the order, and that the app poses a national security risk.
US oil company Chevron has ordered staff worldwide to delete WeChat off their work phones, despite President Donald Trump's ban on the app being blocked by a federal court.
Chevron described WeChat, owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent, as a "non-compliant application." Staff would be disconnected from the firm's internal network unless they remove the social-media-and-chat app from their devices, according to a staff email seen by Bloomberg News."Due to a recent Executive Order banning the use of WeChat, Chevron is requiring that you remove the application from your mobile device," the memo said. "If no action is taken, prior to September 27, 2020, your access to the Chevron system will be removed."
A government executive order published Friday, September 18, said that WeChat and video-sharing app
Banning it "forecloses meaningful access to communication in their community and thereby operates as a prior restraint on their right to free speech," Beeler added.In response, the US Commerce Department said Monday it would challenge the order because the ban is "necessary to protect the national security of the United States," per Reuters. WeChat has more than 1 billion users worldwide, with 19 million in the US. Chevron's move comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Beijing over Chinese apps such as WeChat and TikTok. The
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