The recent ban by the U.S. government has been very damaging to Huawei, firstly they were stripped off of its license to use the commercial version of Android. Now, Facebook has slapped Huawei with yet another ban by no longer letting the embattled Chinese phone marker preinstall its apps.
Huawei phone owners will still be able to download and update Facebook’s apps, but fresh Huawei devices can’t come with Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps preinstalled, as previously reported by Reuters.
“We are reviewing the Commerce Department’s final rule and the more recently issued temporary general license and taking steps to ensure compliance,” a Facebook spokesperson said in an emailed statement confirming the move.
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In May, President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively banning Huawei from US communications networks, because of national security concerns about Huawei’s close relationship with the Chinese government. Soon afterward, Google cut Huawei off from future Android updates, before temporarily resuming work.
The US is also urging its allies not to do business with Huawei. The company has consistently denied that its products are used for spying, and its chairman said this week that Huawei is willing to sign a “no-spy agreement” with the US.
Huawei didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.