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Initial releaseSeptember 2016; 6 years ago (2016-09)
Final release
14.4.09 / 6 January 2021
Operating systemiOS and Android
Size308.3 MB (iOS)[1]
55.07 MB (Android)[2]
Available in40 languages[3]
List of languages
Arabic, Bengali, Burmese, Cambodian, Cebuano, Czech, Dutch, English, Filipino, French, German, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Javanese, Kannada, Korean, Malay, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese
TypeVideo sharing
LicenseProprietary software with Terms of Use

TikTok is a online video sharing social networking service. It lets people create short videos that can range from 3 seconds to 10 minutes. TikTok videos can be about any topic. It is popular in Canada, the United States, and other parts of the world.[5] It was first released under the name of musical.ly but was later bought out and renamed TikTok.

History[change | change source]

TikTok was created by ByteDance. It was released in September 2016 and was the most downloaded app in the United States in October 2018[source?]. As of 2022, TikTok has over 3 billion downloads, and over 1 billion active users each month.[6]

Bans[change | change source]

On 29 June 2020, India decided to ban 59 apps including TikTok.[7] A month later on 31 July 2020, US President Donald Trump announced a possible ban of the app.[8] Then, on 18 September 2020, the Trump administration announced that the app would be removed from U.S. app stores on 12 November 2020, unless ByteDance can assure the Trump administration that the app does not pose a threat to U.S. security.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. "TikTok – Real Short Videos". App Store. Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  2. "TikTok". Play Store. Archived from the original on 26 June 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  3. "TikTok - Make Your Day". iTunes. Archived from the original on 3 May 2019. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  4. "tiktok.com Competitive Analysis, Marketing Mix and Traffic - Alexa". alexa.com. Archived from the original on 4 December 2019. Retrieved 2020-01-14.
  5. "TikTok is fast becoming the most popular app in the world". The Industry Observer. 2018-11-04. Archived from the original on 5 October 2019. Retrieved 2019-04-30.
  6. Ruby, Daniel (2022-08-19). "TikTok User Statistics (2022): How many TikTok Users Are There?". demandsage. Retrieved 2022-10-16.
  7. "India bans 59 Chinese apps - TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Helo, Likee". App India News. 2020-06-29. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  8. Kalhan Rosenblatt (August 1, 2020). "Trump's threatened TikTok ban could motivate young users to vote, some say". NBC News. NBCUniversal News Group. Retrieved August 2, 2020.
  9. Swanson, Ana; McCabe, David; Nicas, Jack (2020-09-18). "Trump Administration to Ban TikTok and WeChat From U.S. App Stores". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-09-22.