In a major milestone for a Chinese technology company, the short-video app TikTok, known as Douyin (?? d?uy?n) in its home country, was downloaded over 1 billion times as of earlier this year. That’s according to statistics from Sensor Tower, a US company that tracks apps.
Chinese companies had already produced several mega-apps, including the social media-and-everything-else app WeChat that also has over one billion active users, but none of those apps has ever had global reach.
TikTok, by contrast, is an international sensation, with its addictive video algorithm making junkies out of millions from India to Thailand to the United States.
Tiktok’s parent company Bytedance, which originally was known for its news app Toutiao, now has more employees than Facebook.