FILE PHOTO: The messenger app WeChat is seen next to its logo in this illustration picture taken August 7, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo
October 23, 2020
(Reuters) – A U.S. judge in San Francisco on Friday rejected a Justice Department request to reverse her decision blocking the government from barring Apple Inc <AAPL.O> and Alphabet Inc’s Google <GOOGL.O> from offering Tencent’s <0700.HK> WeChat for download in U.S. app stores.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler had said at a hearing last week she did not think the Justice Department’s filing “changes the outcome” of her ruling that allows the continued use of the Chinese mobile app.
The Justice Department has appealed her decision to the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Chris Reese)