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Trump Asks U.S. Court to Allow WeChat Ban to Proceed

  • Administration asks for stay of injunction granted this week
  • WeChat and TikTok are prime targets of Trump’s government
Donald Trump 

Donald Trump 

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President Donald Trump asked a San Francisco judge to stay an injunction blocking a ban on Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat, as the legal fights grow over the administration’s moves against Chinese-owned apps.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler issued a preliminary injunction on Sept. 19 at the behest of users who argued those prohibitions trampled the free-speech rights of millions of Chinese-speaking Americans. The app, which was supposed to disappear from American stores Sunday, hosted 19 million regular users in the country and more than a billion worldwide.