Popular video-sharing app TikTok reaches 1 billion monthly active users globally

TikTok, the popular video-sharing platform, has managed to surpass one billion monthly active users globally. The social platform owned by ByteDance said it had around 55 million users worldwide in January 2018. The social app saw a jump of over 271 million in December 2018 and 507 million in December 2019 . Also Read – Top Instagram Features Inspired by TikTok

“On behalf of the TikTok team, I want to thank you,” said TikTok COO Vanessa Pappas. “Wherever you are in the world, we certainly couldn’t do this without you.” Also Read – Snap’s Story Studio app will let iPhone users create videos like a pro

By comparison, social media giant Facebook in the second quarter had 3.51 billion monthly users across its app family, up from 3.45 billion in the first quarter. Also Read – Instagram, TikTok Scams Targeting Young People with Ransomware, Bots and More: Report

Meanwhile, Youtube has more than two billion monthly active users, having passed the one billion mark in 2013, eight years after the company launched in 2005.

TikTok said its biggest markets are in the United States, Europe, Brazil and Southeast Asia, although its parent company ByteDance is headquartered in China.

In the latest development, TikTok is adding new warnings to its built-in search that will alert users when results may include “distressing content”. The app has been using “sensitive content” warnings on individual videos since last year, but updated alerts will appear in search results for terms that might include such content.

In a blog post, TikTok uses the example of “scary makeup” as a search term that could trigger such a warning.

Last year, the Indian government said it was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese companies, including ByteDance’s TikTok, over concerns the apps were engaging in activities that threatened national security. Security.

(With IANS entries)

Shirley K. Rosa