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But with the Trump Administration's Sunday ban on the app, she's going to have to find a new way.
It's the only way we communicate. For her family and many like hers, the ban is "a really big deal.
And, beyond being the top app in China and a way to connect families spread across the globe, WeChat is also used here to do business. The Trump announcement means downlo of the app, as well as TikTok, won't be allowed to be distributed by Apple and Google as of midnight Sunday. But that doesn't mean folks with apps already downloaded will be able to continue using them.
Trump said he was banning WeChat because sensitive information was being shared with the Chinese government. Indeed, a recent Wired piece investigated China's massive surveillance operation through apps like WeChat, and it wasn't pretty.
An NPR report outlined how the government intercepts text messages sent on WeChat, mostly dealing with politics.
Savvy internet users get around the ban by using a VPN service. Because so many apps aren't allowed in China, WeChat has taken the mantle and bundled similar services all into one. Your data: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have your data.
Why not TikTok? Most tech products are manufactured and assembled in China, from iPhones, Alexa devices, Ring video doorbells and the like, mostly in Shenzhen, requiring American executives to either fly over, or communicate via other methods, most often WeChat. WeChat has over 1 billion users in China, and while it's been available here for some time, it isn't one of the more popular apps, except for those talking to family back home or doing business.
For Sohmer, he's already written to his client and asked if they could switch to another program for communication, like Skype. Beyond social networking, WeChat has largely replaced work s, but it's also a platform for mobile payments, e-commerce, train bookings and blogs, as well as being host to a universe of other apps," notes Shen.
It's how she talks to her mother and old friends from China, which she left inand how she communicates with her colleagues as a public relations manager for a Chinese-owned consulting company.
Kurt Braybrook, who lived in Shanghai for 22 years before moving back to the United States and Grand Rapids, Michigan, told the AP the app is irreplaceable for him and his China-born wife. Facebook Twitter .
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