In the latest blow against the Chinese tech giant Huawei, Facebook is reportedly preventing the company from pre-installing its trio of apps on new phones.
Following the U.S. government’s decision to ban sales of equipment from Huawei last month, Facebook has suspended app preinstalls on the Chinese manufacturer’s smartphones that have yet to leave factories, according to Reuters.
Per the decision, you’ll still be able to use Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on devices you already own, and you’ll be able to download all the apps from the Google Play Store on a new device.
Before Facebook’s pivot, fresh-out-the-box phones included Facebook’s family of apps alongside other popular choices like Twitter.
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Huawei could not be immediately reached for comment.
Google was granted a temporary operating license by the Federal Department of Commerce that allows the company to buy equipment and complete software updates to support those who currently use Huawei smartphones through August.
The search giant is also arguing that cutting Huawei off from Android threatens U.S. security, according to a new Financial Times report. Google argues that breaking off Huawei would put users “more at risk of being hacked, not least by China.”
President Donald Trump’s Huawei ban was based on long-term national security concerns about Huawei’s close ties with the Chinese government. Trump announced the ban after the trade talks with China collapsed.
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Huawei denies that its equipment is used for spying, and the Chinese smartphone maker filed a motion in U.S. court challenging the constitutionality of a law that limits the sales of its telecom equipment.
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