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A federal judge in California has issued an injunction against President Trump's executive order banning WeChat.
The ruling, by U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler, will temporarily halt the Trump administration's attempt to block the use of the app in the U.S. In the ruling, Judge Beeler wrote that WeChat users who had filed a lawsuit against the ban had "shown serious questions going to the merits of the First Amendment claim," adding that "the balance of hardships tips in the plaintiffs favor."
Jamie Condliffe ( @jme_c) is the news editor at Protocol, based in London. Prior to joining Protocol in 2019, he worked on the business desk at The New York Times, where he edited the DealBook newsletter and wrote Bits, the weekly tech newsletter. He has previously worked at MIT Technology Review, Gizmodo, and New Scientist, and has held lectureships at the University of Oxford and Imperial College London. He also holds a doctorate in engineering from the University of Oxford.