Chevron has asked employees around the world to remove WeChat’s from their work phones, bloomberg reported Monday. The us oil giant referred to WeChat as a “non-compliant application” in emails sent to employees, according to a memo.
“As a result of a recent executive order banning WeChat, chevron is asking you to remove this application from your mobile devices,” the memo reads. Chevron added that “if you do not take action by September 27, you will not be able to use chevron systems.”
A Chevron spokesman declined to comment, while a Tencent spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to earlier reports, the US Department of Commerce issued an executive order on January 18, banning WeChat related transactions in the US for 20 days. Federal Judge Laurel Buhler of California ordered a preliminary injunction to prevent the US Department of Commerce’s executive order banning WeChat from taking effect at 2359 hours.
Judge Buhler argued that the US government’s action would affect users’ First Amendment rights and that the ban on WeChat would kill their communication platform. The US Department of Commerce (MOFCOM) will soon seek to lift the judge’s order, which it said challenged the judge’s order. “The ban is necessary to protect the national security of the United States.”