- Facebook has barred Huawei from preinstalling Facebook apps on new Huawei phones, Reuters reports.
- Huawei was placed on a trade blacklist by the US Department of Commerce last month, meaning companies have to seek government permission to do business with the Chinese firm.
- Facebook told Reuters its ban wouldn’t affect Huawei customers who already have its apps installed on their phones.
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Facebook is said to be joining the litany of US companies to have cut ties with the Chinese tech giant Huawei.
Reuters reported Friday that Facebook would no longer allow Huawei phones to preinstall Facebook’s apps, which include Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
Last month the Trump administration placed Huawei on a trade blacklist, meaning US companies must seek permission before doing business with the firm, which the government says poses a national security risk.
Major US companies including Google, Qualcomm, and Intel were quick to sever ties with Huawei, though the Chinese firm subsequently obtained a 90-day license from the Department of Commerce to get its house in order.
Read more:Here are all the companies that have cut ties with Huawei, dealing the Chinese tech giant a crushing blow
Facebook told Reuters that its ban wouldn’t affect Huawei phone owners who already had the apps and that they would still be able to use them and receive updates.
A source familiar with the matter told Reuters the ban took effect immediately, encompassing any Huawei phones that have not yet left the factory. Facebook declined to comment on when exactly it came into force.
Though Facebook-owned apps will no longer be preinstalled, buyers of new Huawei phones for now can still download those apps from the Google Play store, Reuters noted. Under the latest US rules, however, new Huawei phones will not have the Play store once Huawei’s temporary license is up, as Google is cutting Huawei off from the Android operating system.
“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 spokeswoman told Business Insider.
Huawei was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Business Insider.