TikTok beats Facebook to become the most downloaded app in the world

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The popular short-form video platform TikTok has become the most downloaded mobile app in the world, overtaking apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. According to a recent report, China’s short video app topped the charts with the highest number of downloads by 2020.

The report comes from Nikkei Asia TikTok Position of numerouno in terms of downloads.. Last year, the short video platform was fourth. However, the coronavirus-led pandemic attracted a variety of artists and influencers to TikTok and delivered the content to their deprived fans. This makes the popular app the most downloaded app in the world.

Currently, TikTok sits comfortably on Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram, which are in second, third, and fourth positions, respectively. TikTok has reached this height for the first time since it was first introduced by ByteDance in 2017.

TikTok beats Facebook to become the most downloaded app in the world
Image: Nikkei Asia

Today, TikTok is a popular app, especially among Gen Z people, but the video platform faces some criticisms about its security and its relationship with the Chinese government. In fact, its data collection and security policies have caught the platform in some nasty controversy over the last few years.

When the United States was ruled by the Trump administration, the government saw TikTok as a threat to national security. As a result, the United States faced many obstacles as the US government imposed new legislation to ban apps in the country. Nevertheless, we recently saw the Biden administration eradicate the laws that could ban domestic platforms.

The United States did not completely ban the platform, but India actually banned it because authorities considered TikTok sharing data with Chinese servers and Indian users without permission. However, according to a previous report, the video platform aims to make a comeback in India with a slightly different name.

In addition, TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, has added several new features, including TikTok Stories, to captivate users and further expand its user base. Yes, in the future, TikTok can be expected to be at the top of the chart as it continues to acquire new users on its short video platform.