IPhone users in the US are rushing to install WeChat before President Trump’s app download ban takes effect.
According to mobile app analytics firm SensorTower, released on September 18, downloads of WeChat soared, becoming the 100th most installed app in the US.
On average, WeChat ranks between 1,000 and 1,500 among the most downloaded apps in the US. But because the US government ban started on September 20, forcing Google and Apple to remove WeChat from the app store, users flocked to download it, helping it to reach the top 500 for the first time. Most downloads in the US, a SensorTower spokesman announced in an email.
On Friday, the US government ordered a ban on WeChat and TikTok, run by Chinese conglomerates Tencent Holdings and ByteDance, out of concern that they pose a threat to national security. It is expected that the ban will take effect on Sunday, September 20 and prevent US users from downloading or installing app updates.
In addition to being removed from the mobile app store, WeChat is also prohibited from cooperating with US businesses to make transactions, and at the same time restricting Internet traffic, causing the user experience to install apps stagnant, malfunctioning. because it is not supported by third party technology services.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Fox Business: “WeChat will have to shut down all operations in the US”. That means that the US government resolutely put an end to WeChat in the United States of America.
TikTok’s popularity rating on the App Store remains unchanged, SensorTower said. From the beginning of 2020 until now, the application has consistently ranked in the top 15. Currently TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is negotiating an agreement with Oracle, giving control of TikTok’s data storage and operations control in the US. to address concerns among the country’s officials that American private data contained in the app could fall into the hands of China.
Now, TikTok can still do business with US companies until November 12, after the November 3 US presidential election ends. However, whether TikTok can continue to operate in the US depends more or less on China. Chinese officials argue that the United States’ resistance to the two common applications is behavior “economic bullying”.
Minh Hoang (Tpig Bloomberg)