TikTok was ranked the most downloaded App of the year 2020 overtaking Facebook and its messaging platforms, market tracker App Annie said Tuesday.The Chinese-owned video app deluged in popularity despite efforts by former US President Donald Trump to ban it or force a sale to US-based investors, according to the research firm.
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The current US President Joe Biden in June revoked executive orders from his predecessor seeking to ban TikTok and Chinese-owned WeChat from US markets on national security concerns but ordered a review of the potential risks of foreign-owned internet services. The App owned by China-based ByteDance is believed to have over a billion users worldwide including more than 100 million in the United States, and its short-form videos are especially popular with young ones with smartphones and gadgets.
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TikTok moved from its fourth position as the most downloaded app in 2019 to the top spot last year, according to App Annie data. Along the way, TikTok stepped over Facebook and two of the US internet giants texting apps Messenger and WhatsApp, this was researched by the market app tracker. Meanwhile TikTok last month began allowing its users to post videos up to three minutes in length which was before the 60 seconds limit, tripling the prior cap to stay ahead of competitors. Facebook has argued that the efflux in TikTok’s popularity undercuts claims from antitrust enforcers in the United States that the California group dominates social networking.
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