What is TikTok?
A massively popular Chinese video-sharing social networking service, TikTok was released in China under the name Douyin in 2016 and later worldwide as TikTok when it acquired a prior champion of a similar space, Musical.ly, in August 2018. However, unlike Musical.ly which was mostly used for sharing lip-synced music videos, TikTok is most popular for short comedic videos that resembles the appeal of another now-dead service, Vine. As of 2020, the app now has more than three hundred million active users each month.
The co-founder of Musical.ly, Alex Zhu, was named the senior vice president of TikTok after the merger. Despite his prior app being shut down, he's stated that he's very excited to see what creativity they can capture with this new venture. Further, he mentioned that combining the two companies (Musical.ly and TikTok) seemed natural to him, as both apps focused on content creation.
How to download TikTok
TikTok is available internationally on both iOS, Android, and even on the Web!