TikTok stated Monday it has handed 1 billion month-to-month customers. It’s a outstanding quantity for a platform launched in August 2018 that has been scrutinized by governments — together with the US — which are apprehensive concerning the information assortment practices of its guardian firm, Beijing-based ByteDance.

TikTok’s reputation soared in the course of the pandemic, changing into the most-downloaded app on this planet within the first quarter of 2020, with some 315 million downloads in that quarter alone in keeping with app analytics firm SensorTower.

ByteDance reportedly saw its 2020 revenue greater than double from the 12 months prior, to $34.3 billion. From its launch thus far, SensorTower says TikTok installs have reached 3.2 billion, which incorporates info from Douyin, the Chinese language model of the app. TikTok’s month-to-month common customers in August have been up 25 p.c from August 2020. In June of this 12 months, ByteDance was valued at $425 billion.

And different apps, looking for to duplicate TikTok’s huge success, created short-form video merchandise of their very own. Fb-owned Instagram launched Reels final August; Snapchat launched its in-app TikTok clone Highlight in November, and even video behemoth YouTube obtained into the short-form sport, debuting its YouTube Shorts within the US earlier this 12 months. However TikTok continued rising; a report earlier this month discovered TikTok customers spend extra time watching its content material than YouTube customers.

On Monday, TikTok chief working officer Vanessa Pappas thanked customers in a video on TikTok for “making TikTok a truly special place.”

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✨ 1 billion✨ folks on TikTok! Thanks to our international neighborhood

♬ original sound – TikTok

ByteDance reportedly postponed its plans for an preliminary public providing indefinitely amid a crackdown on tech companies by Chinese language regulators over the past few months. China is scrutinizing what it considers anti-competitive practices from its large tech companies and the way the companies deal with clients’ delicate information

ByteDance and TikTok have been among the many Chinese language tech companies focused by the Trump administration final 12 months through a collection of government orders blocking their apps from US app shops. Not one of the orders ever took impact, and in June, President Joe Biden signed an government order revoking the Trump-era bans. Biden directed the commerce secretary to research apps with ties to international adversaries like China, that will accumulate delicate information from US shoppers.

However TikTok additionally noticed some novel vivid spots in the course of the pandemic, not the least of which was the fan-made, crowdsourced Ratatouille TikTok musical. It began as a one-off bit primarily based on the 2007 Disney / Pixar movie that Broadway followers, composers, choreographers, and others added to, one TikTok at a time. Ratatouille: The TikTok Musical debuted as a one-night-only streaming live performance on January 1st, elevating greater than $1 million for The Actors Fund, which helps performers and staff within the leisure trade.

Correction September twenty seventh 12:32PM ET: The primary identify of TikTok’s COO is Vanessa, not Veronica. We remorse the error.

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