WeChat users in the U.S. rushed to install the app before it could disappear from the app stores. They have also turned to QQ, as the ban did not specifically cover this product.
"We have worked with WeChat in the past to identify opportunities to work with restaurants that can get set up. WeChat actually recently started a series where they are working with Napa Valley to promote business there and promote tourism," said Darlene Chiu Bryant, executive director of GlobalSF.
Apple Inc., Ford Motor Co., Walmart Inc., and Walt Disney Co. were among those represented in the call in which they expressed their anxiety that competitiveness in China may be undermined by the order. As planned, the new presidential executive order will take effect next month, banning U.S. companies from "any transaction that is related to WeChat."
It was unclear how the administration could implement the ban on WeChat in mid-September. It could order Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google to remove WeChat from their app store, or order the apps to stop offering access or updates to U.S. users.
According to a survey on China's Twitter-like social media platform Weibo, about 95 percent of 1.2 million people that responded said they would switch to an Android smartphone over an iPhone rather than give up WeChat if it were banned.