video-focused social media and social networking service owned by ByteDance

TikTok is an 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. TikTok is popular all around the world.[2] It was first released under the name of Musical.ly but was later bought out and renamed to TikTok.

TikTok Pte. Ltd.
Initial releaseSeptember 2016; 7 years ago (2016-09)
Operating system
Available in40 languages[1]
List of languages
TypeVideo sharing
LicenseProprietary software with Terms of Use
Websitetiktok.com Edit this at Wikidata



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.[3]

On 29 June 2020, India decided to ban 59 apps including TikTok.[4] A month later on 31 July 2020, US President Donald Trump announced a possible ban of the app.[5] 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.[6]


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  2. "TikTok is fast becoming the most popular app in the world". The Industry Observer. 4 November 2018. Archived from the original on 5 October 2019. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  3. Ruby, Daniel (19 August 2022). "TikTok User Statistics (2022): How many TikTok Users Are There?". demandsage. Retrieved 16 October 2022.
  4. "India bans 59 Chinese apps - TikTok, ShareIt, UC Browser, Helo, Likee". App India News. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  5. Kalhan Rosenblatt (1 August 2020). "Trump's threatened TikTok ban could motivate young users to vote, some say". NBC News. NBCUniversal News Group. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  6. Swanson, Ana; McCabe, David; Nicas, Jack (18 September 2020). "Trump Administration to Ban TikTok and WeChat From U.S. App Stores". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 22 September 2020.