TikTok Overtakes Facebook To Become Most Downloaded Social Media App
According to the latest report from Nikkei Asia, the video-sharing social media platform, TikTok has dethrone Facebook to become the most downloaded social media app in the world. This is a position Facebook had maintained up to this year. However, Facebook currently has an aggregate total of more than a trillion downloads of its app currently.
One of the major factors that contributed to TikTok’s growth in terms of numbers is the coronavirus global pandemic that led to lockdowns across the world for extended periods in 2020. This saw a surge in the usage of the short video sharing platform among a demographically diverse population containing millions of Gen Z users, as well as Millenials and even older persons irrespective of gender.
The growth of TikTok was also accelerated by the shift in focus by the US government which had previously banned TikTok and WeChat during the Trump Presidency. However, the ban was revoked by the Biden government, thus adding to the TikTok numbers from the US.
The very short videos on offer with TikTok were packed with energy, education, entertainment, and a whole lot of other activities that have been simply magnetic. The very quick, snappy videos, packed with succinct information and entertainment. The videos are between 9 and 15 seconds, and a new addition could now see videos extending up to 3 minutes.
The TikTok success has drawn comparisons with some similar apps that have come on stream like Instagram Reels, and YouTube shorts. It remains an outlet post-pandemic that has become a fertile ground for artists, using the platform to ventilate their views and talents. While most of the social media platforms continue to grapple with privacy and encryption issues, TikTok seemingly continues to blossom even without these controls.