President Donald Trump’s efforts to address any national security threats emanating from China-based apps WeChat and TikTok received a setback earlier this week. As The Wall Street Journal wrote, “A federal judge in California temporarily blocked the Trump administration’s executive order curbing Americans’ use of WeChat, upholding a motion from users of the popular Chinese-owned messaging and e-commerce app.”
This might look like a victory for WeChat, but the judge’s logic could have interesting implications. Setting aside whether Trump’s national security concerns are right, the judge’s conclusion that WeChat is a monopoly, and why it is one, could come back to haunt WeChat and TikTok.
Read Dr. Mark Jamison’s full post online at AEI.