What Is #TikTok? #China's Popular Video-Sharing App Is Gaining Global Appeal — But Better Beware

If your online privacy and personal information matters to you, then it's prudent not to simply install the next fad that comes your way. Find another hobby to make use of your spare time. China is not the best country when it comes to individuals' rights. Know where you're sending your data. But if these things doesn't concern you,… party.

(TIME) — What is TikTok? China's popular video-sharing app is gaining global appeal.

The viral video-sharing app, which is owned by the Chinese tech giant ByteDance, is now one of the most downloaded apps in the U.S.

The video-sharing app — which was launched in 2016 in China (where it is called Douyin) — has been quietly gaining a U.S. following since it merged with another video-focused app, http://Musical.ly, in August 2018 — but its late-night television debut may mark its entrance to the mainstream in the U.S.

Almost 100 million U.S. users have now downloaded TikTok, according to mobile data market insight Sensor Tower, and it was the number one non-game download in the U.S. in January.

The app is already wildly popular across the world. It has been downloaded more than a billion times in the Apple and Google stores.

Source: TIME, full story


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