Facebook stops Huawei from pre-installing apps on phones

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Facebook to stop Huawei pre-installing apps on smartphones

Also today, against the backdrop of the report about Google's Commerce Department appeal, word emerged that Facebook Inc. has stopping making its apps available on new Huawei devices. But Huawei won't have that privilege anymore.

Reports that surfaced later on Friday also claimed that social networking giant Facebook has made a decision to ban Huawei from pre-installing its family of apps on its smartphones.

Due to the possible vulnerability in the Huawei OS, any sensitive information shared by the United States smartphone users using Huawei devices could potentially land in the hands of hackers easily.

What that means is that Instagram, WhatsApp along with the flagship Facebook app will be off bounds for all future Huawei phones.

The US sanctions were imposed May 15, but the administration allowed a 90-day compliance period that gives users of Huawei devices time to install updates and avoid a major disruption of the mobile economy. The hybrid, or knockoff, would likely have more bugs and would be more susceptible to being hacked. The company will face a lot of loss after losing support for the biggest operating system.

Mind you, the official explanation for the ban, according to the executive order, is that Huawei's hardware puts the U.S. at risk for espionage. According to a report from The Financial Times, Google's recent discussions with the USA government actually argue that the Huawei ban is bad for national security.

While all new phones that leave production lines reportedly won't have the apps installed, Huawei's existing smartphone models still have access to the Google Play store for the coming three months, where they can be downloaded.

Google worries mostly about its operating system.

Best Buy kicked the Chinese brand Huawei out of its stores; Facebook sent the company a Dear John letter; the U.S. government accused it of stealing trade secrets; and Huawei recently underwent an investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.

Huawei is also breaking up its collaboration with Google due to content issues on the phones.

Senior executives at Google have voiced their concern about national security being at risk, if the ban against Huawei continues.

That's the claim in a new report by the Financial Times, providing a peek into the lobbying effort that's going on behind the scenes as the New Cold War plays out in the world of technology.

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