Over a dozen major U.S. international business executives joined in a call with White House officials on Tuesday to raise their concerns about President Donald Trump's planned restrictions targeting the WeChat app from China's Tencent Holdings Ltd., according to a Wall Street Journal report.
In 2019, Chinese visitors spent more than 1.3 billion dollars visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. For many of them, WeChat, with its ability to make payments, played a valuable role.
Apple will be put into a very difficult situation if it is forced to remove WeChat from its App Store.
In the U.S., WeChat app downloads in the U.S. rose by 41 percent in a six-day average from the week prior to the U.S. ban announced last Thursday, and QQ downloads have tripled in the past week, according to data from Sensor Tower.
More users in the United States downloaded chat app WeChat and another Tencent-owned chat app, QQ, after President Donald Trump threatened to ban WeChat, according to Sensor Tower data on Thursday.
Some users said they planned to access WeChat in the U.S. using a virtual private network (VPN).