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US judge denies US govt bid to remove WeChat from app stores By Xinhua & Agencies Saturday, October 24, 2020, 09:52 By Xinhua & Agencies The WeChat app in the App Store on a smartphone. ANDREW HARRER/BLOOMBERG) SAN FRANCISCO – A US judge in San Francisco on Friday rejected a Justice Department request to reverse a decision that allowed Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to continue to offer Chinese-owned WeChat for download in US app stores. […] WeChat users argued the government sought “an unprecedented ban of an entire medium of communication” and offered only “speculation” of harm from Americans’ use of WeChat WeChat has an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States. […] The app is an essential part of daily life for many in China and boasts more than 1 billion users. […] She said the evidence “supports the conclusion that the restrictions ‘burden substantially more speech than is necessary to further the government’s legitimate interests.’” ALSO READ: Trump’s WeChat curbs halted by US judge on free speech concerns The plaintiffs, including the US WeChat Users Alliance (USWUA) and other app users, argued that WeChat is irreplaceable for its users in the United States, particularly in the Chinese-speaking and Chinese-American community.
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