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WeChat and TikTok see US downloads climb ahead of Trump administration ban

The Verge Saturday, 19 September 2020
WeChat and TikTok see US downloads climb ahead of Trump administration banIllustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Messaging app WeChat had its biggest one-day download numbers in nearly two years on Friday, ahead of a ban on new downloads from the US Commerce Department expected to take effect tomorrow. Preliminary data from analytics platform Sensor Tower showed Chinese-based WeChat had 10,000 installs in the US Friday, a 150 percent increase from Thursday and a 233 percent week-over-week increase. That’s the largest number of WeChat installs in the US in one day since October 7th, 2019.

Video platform TikTok, also facing a US ban, saw its downloads increase Friday as well, adding 247,000 new installs for a 12 percent increase from Thursday, according to Sensor Tower.

TikTok’s parent company, Beijing-based ByteDance, has been in talks with US...
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