WeChat Downloads Soared This Weekend Ahead of Potential Ban

TikTok brought in 700,000 new users, too

two phones, one with the tiktok logo and one with the wechat logo
WeChat and TikTok each evaded potential app store bans this weekend. Getty Images
Headshot of Scott Nover

On Friday, TikTok and WeChat stared down a frightening future in the United States. After Sunday, their respective apps would could no longer be downloaded in major app marketplaces. Even worse for WeChat, a messaging and social media app with a relatively small user base in America that’s seen as an invaluable link to mainland China, Monday could have brought an all-out stoppage of service. 

@ScottNover scott.nover@adweek.com Scott Nover is a platforms reporter at Adweek, covering social media companies and their influence.
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