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Houseparty, the group video chat app recently acquired by Epic Games, is enjoying a resurgence in popularity as people are asked to remain home to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The big picture: Video chat apps across the board saw an uptick in new downloads as consumers look to communicate with friends and family (and even colleagues) online.

Data: SensorTower; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

Between the lines: While none of the top video chat apps in the last couple of weeks are brand new, the surge in new downloads hints that the urge to connect with other folks online is driving people to download apps they didn't use before.

  • These apps are getting over the hurdle of persuading consumers to download yet another app.

By the numbers:

  • Houseparty downloads in the U.S. between the weeks of March 2 and March 9 grew by 75%, and by more than 500% the following week, according to data from SensorTower.
  • Other apps like Zoom, Google's Hangouts Meet, and Marco Polo also saw incredible growth in new app downloads.

And Houseparty's resurgence isn't limited to the U.S.:

  • UK: Weekly downloads across iOS & Google Play grew 25% during the week of Mar 8 compared to the weekly average of 2020, and 40% compared to the weekly average for Q4 2019, per App Annie.
  • Italy: Weekly downloads across iOS & Google Play grew 124x during the week of Mar 8 compared to the weekly average of 2020 and 218x compared to the weekly average for Q4 2019, per App Annie.

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Mobile phone apps are evolving in ways that can stop rather than simply document deadly police encounters with people of color — including notifying family and lawyers about potential violations in real time.

Why it matters: As states and cities face pressure to reform excessive force policies, apps that monitor police are becoming more interactive, gathering evidence against rogue officers as well as posting social media videos to shame the agencies.

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TikTok gets more time (again)

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

The White House is again giving TikTok's Chinese parent company more to satisfy national security concerns, rather than initiating legal action, a source familiar with the situation tells Axios.

The state of play: China's ByteDance had until Friday to resolve issues raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. (CFIUS), which is chaired by Treasury secretary Steve Mnuchin. This was the company's third deadline, with CFIUS having provided two earlier extensions.

Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA

DACA recipients and their supporters rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court on June 18. Photo: Drew Angerer via Getty

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, giving undocumented immigrants who arrived in the U.S. as children a chance to petition for protection from deportation.

Why it matters: President Trump has sought to undo the Obama-era program since taking office. Friday’s ruling will require Department of Homeland Security officers to begin accepting new applications for DACA as soon as Monday.