TikTok App: Everything You Should Know

Tiktok is a social networking mobile app. The Tiktok app allows users to create short music and lip-sync, looping videos. It first launched in China in Sepetmber 2016 and has grown extremely popular around the world after it went international in 2017.

How popular has it become? As at February 2019, Tiktok had been downloaded 1 billion times from Android and iOS stores, and as at November 2019, it had recorded 1.5 billion downloads, putting it in the same league as global leaders, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Facebook, and Instagram in terms of numbers. These figures do not include downloads from 3rd party stores and sources.

The Tiktok app logo
The Tiktok’s logo

Tiktok App vs Douyin App: Global vs China

In China, the Tiktop app is called Douyin.

The global TikTok app is the same as the China-only version. But in order to meet Chinese laws, they do not run on the same servers. Douyin servers are based in China, while Tiktop TikTok servers are based in countries where the app is available.

Douyin app gained over 100 million users in its first year of availability in China alone. Once it went international as Tiktok, its runaway success was well on the way, with millions of users in India and the United States of America adopting it.

In September 2019, the National Football League (NFL) and TikTok announced a new multi-year partnership to publish NFL content on the Tiktok app.

Tiktok and the National Football League (NFL) sign agreement

On October 24th, the American Music Awards became the first award show to announce nominees on TikTok.

Tiktop App Downloads in 2019

Here is how Tiktok currently stands in terms of download numbers in 2019 from the Android and iOS app stores:

  1. WhatsApp: 707.4 million
  2. Messenger: 636.2 million
  3. Tiktok: 614 million
  4. Facebook: 587 million
  5. Instagram: 376.2 million.

A Tiktok user, asked about the app, described it as an app like Instagram, only better.

Is TikTok safe?

Like any social networking app, Tiktok accesses as much personal data as possible, with attendant privacy issues. The app includes parental control features designed to help keep minors safe.

In early 2019, the US began investigating Tiktok app on grounds that it might pose a threat to US national security. Not only does the app collect personal data – including real-time location, as all other social networking apps do, its privacy policy says that it reserves the right to share data with the Chinese government.  This is naturally a concern to US authorities.

TikTok App - Everything you wanted to know

Who owns TikTok?

Beijing-based Chinese developer, ByteDance, owns Tiktok.

Tiktok app is available in over 75 languages and used in over 150 countries. ByteDance has offices in cities around the world, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo.

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