The Chinese messaging app WeChat had been facing issues with the U.S. government because of U.S. security concerns. The U.S. government had already planned to ban the app soon countrywide; however, after the confirmation of banning the app, WeChat observed a massive surge in downloads.
Within two days, the app was installed around 54,000 times as per the data from Sensor Tower, which is 28 times 1900 downloads observed in the previous week. The U.S. has recently banned a series of applications that were linked to the Chinese government. WeChat currently has billions of active users all around the globe.
Tencent’s other application, WeCom can link to WeChat accounts, which came to work right after the U.S. President Donald Trump gave his first statement regarding the ban of the WeChat app back in August.
Users can link their WeChat account easily to WeCom and carry out all the functions that WeChat does. This has been tested and confirmed by Reuters. However, Tencent has made it very clear that WeCom is a Chinese media but is an entirely different and separate product from WeChat.