Washington — The US justice department asked a federal judge in San Francisco early on Friday to allow the government to bar Apple and Alphabet’s Google from offering WeChat for download in US app stores pending an appeal.

The filing asked US magistrate judge Laurel Beeler to put on hold her preliminary injunction issued on Saturday. That injunction blocked the US commerce department order which was set to take effect late on September 20 and that would also bar other US transactions with Tencent Holding’s WeChat, potentially making the app unusable in the US...

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