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Chevron Asks Global Employees to Delete WeChat After Trump Ban

  • Company adhering to Trump administration order against the app
  • WeChat is used by more than a billion people worldwide
The WeChat application in the Apple Inc. App Store.

The WeChat application in the Apple Inc. App Store.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Chevron Corp. has asked its global employees to remove Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat from their work phones, making it one of the first U.S. companies to heed the Trump administration’s executive order banning the Chinese social app on alleged national security risks.

The American oil giant identified WeChat as a “non-compliant application” in a staff email, asking those who installed the app on their work handsets to delete it within days -- or they will be disconnected from the company’s network, according to the memo viewed by Bloomberg News.