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The US Justice Department early Friday ordered a San Francisco federal judge to allow the government to ban Apple Inc  and Google from offering WeChat for download in app stores pending an appeal, Reuters reports, citing the filing.

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“The filing asked US Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in San Francisco to put on hold her preliminary injunction issued Saturday.” 

The order “permits the continued, unfettered use of WeChat, a mobile application that the Executive Branch has determined constitutes a threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”