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Change name to avoid ban? Tencent: wecom and wechat are different products

via:博客园     time:2020/9/21 9:53:04     readed:1416

On the evening of September 20, Tencent responded to the wecom products operated in the United States, saying that wecom is an overseas version of enterprise wechat, a management tool for internal and external communication based on organizations and enterprises, and is a completely different product from wechat.

Previously, Reuters said Tencent had changed the name of its WeChat overseas version (WeChat Work) to WeCom,

According to the report, two sources of Tencent disclosed that wecom is not within the scope of the US ban on wechat related transactions.


In the evening of September 20, Global Network reported the Wall Street Journal and other media reports, California Federal Judge LaurelThe executive order to prevent the US Department of Commerce from downloading wechat took effect at 23:59 on the 20th.

The U.S. Department of Commerce issued an administrative order on the 18th to ban transactions related to wechat in the United States 20 days later. "New York Times" said that in view of the judge's ruling, the relevant ban will not take effect in the evening of 20.

The associated press said judge Biler's ruling was made at the request of a group of wechat users. Judge Biler believed that the U.S. government's actions would affect users' First Amendment rights, and the ban on wechat killed their communication platform. The judge also held that,The U.S. Government's WeChat Composition

According to the Wall Street Journal, in her 22-page order, the judge agreed to WeChat free-speech arguments put forward by and said she firmly believedThere are no viable alternative platforms or applications for the Chinese American community and the Chinese American community.

Yesterday evening, Tencent also issued an announcement, talking about the impact of the relevant ban in the United States. Tencent said that existing wechat users in the United States may continue to use the app for communication, but wechat may not be able to obtain new users in the United States, and the continuous updating of users in the United States may also be negatively affected. In addition, the quality of services provided by wechat may be negatively affected.

Tencent said it was further assessing the impact of prohibited transaction identification on the group. The company has been and will continue to negotiate with the U.S. government and other U.S. stakeholders to reach a long-term solution.

Early in the morning of September 18 local time, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a statement on its official website, saying that for wechat, as of September 20, 2020, the following transactions will be banned:

  • Provide any Internet hosting service in the United States to support the function or optimization of mobile applications;
  • Provide any content distribution network service in the United States to support the operation or optimization of mobile applications;
  • Directly contracting or subcontracting Internet transmission or exchange services in the United States to realize the function or optimization of mobile applications;
  • Use the constituent code, function or service of the above mobile application in the functions of software or services developed or accessible in the United States.

But it is understood that this

Tencent issued a statement that night

We are aware of the latest announcement of the US Secretary of Commerce's executive order for wechat's use in the United States.

As an application serving users all over the world, wechat has always complied with local laws and regulations, and its data policies and procedures conform to the world's most stringent privacy standards.

In order to protect the basic communication rights and interests of American users, we have conducted several rounds of communication with the U.S. government during this period to seek appropriate solutions. Unfortunately, the two sides have not reached a consensus.

We will continue to communicate with the U.S. government for a long-term solution.

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