In the hotting-up of a trade dispute, Facebook has joined the growing number of companies who have decided to suspend their business with Chinese tech giant Huawei, while the brand is in hot water with the US Government.
And Facebook will no longer allow pre-installation of its apps on Huawei phones, the latest blow for the Chinese tech giant as it struggles to keep its business afloat, in the face of a US ban on its purchase of American parts and software, Facebook told Reuters on Thursday June 6th.
In an exclusive report by Reuters, the suspension means that new Huawei phones—specifically those that have yet to leave the factory and future versions of Huawei phones —will no longer be able to have Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram apps pre-installed.
This is a big blow to Huawei, as the suspension means that those purchasing their phones in the future will need to download the apps via Google’s Play store. That might be a problem as Google revoked Huawei’s Android license. Currently, Huawei has until August 19th before it is banned from accessing Google’s core services.
Facebook declined to comment on when the suspension will be effective, while Huawei has yet to issue a statement on the development.