After the Trump administration issued an order banning Tencent owned WeChat, its downloads in the US have risen by 41%, according to a data shared by Sensor Tower. Its encrypted alternative Signal also saw a 30% spike in downloads in the US and 90% in China. WeChat users have also turned to Tencent’s QQ app as it is unclear whether the ban scope covers it or not. Due to the ban, Chinese immigrants worry about losing connection with families, friends in China.

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