US Justice Department seeks to delay appeals on WeChat, TikTok restrictions

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The US Justice Department has asked a federal appeals court to pause a government appeal of a lower court ruling blocking restrictions that the Trump’s administration had imposed on Tencent’s messaging app, WeChat.

The government filed similar requests on Wednesday asking two federal appeals courts to hold off on appeals seeking to overturn rulings that had barred government restrictions on the popular Chinese-owned video-sharing app, TikTok.

Three federal judges in separate rulings blocked the U.S. Commerce Department orders issued in August that sought to prevent new TikTok and WeChat downloads and bar other transactions.

WeChat has an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States.

It is popular among Chinese students, Americans living in China and some Americans who have personal or business relationships in China.

A group of WeChat users sued to block the ban in August, which it said would have resulted in an unprecedented shutdown of a major platform for communications relied on by millions of people in the United States.

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