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TikTok (Douyin 抖音)
TikTok logo.svg
Developer(s) ByteDance
Initial release September 2016; 3 years ago (2016-09). Released worldwide after merging with Musical.ly on 2 August 2018.
Stable release
15.5.0 / 31 March 2020
Operating system iOS, Android

308.3 MB (iOS)

55.21 MB (Android)
Available in 40 languages
Type Video sharing
License Proprietary software with Terms of Use
Alexa rank 309 (Global, April 2020)

TikTok is a online video sharing social networking service. It lets people create short music and lip-sync videos of 3 to 15 seconds and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. They can post anything from life hacks to dances or even recipes. It is popular in Canada, Australia, the UK, the United States, and other parts of the world. It was first released under the name of musical.ly but was later bought out and renamed TikTok.

TikTok was the most downloaded app in the US in October 2018.

TikTok was created by ByteDance. It was released in September 2016.

Security concerns

United States

In July 2020, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the government was considering banning TikTok.


Following the 2020 China–India skirmishes, the Government of India officially banned TikTok along with 58 other apps on 29 June 2020 citing concerns pertaining to national security, sovereignty and integrity, as well as data security, privacy and public order.

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