TikTok named the most downloaded app

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Tiktok was the most downloaded app in the year 2020, beating Facebook for the top spot.

The Chinese video-sharing platform is the only non-Facebook app to break into the top five downloads list worldwide.

TikTok’s parent company, ByteDance, also owns Douyin, a Chinese language video app that ranks first in its own country.

Even after former US President, Donald Trump tried banning TikTok in the United States, the app’s popularity grew.

Since the study began in 2018, Facebook-owned applications have occupied the top slot, and the firm continues to do so.

The rest of the top five apps were all from Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire, including Facebook’s flagship app, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.

Last year, then-President Donald Trump signed an executive order prohibiting new TikTok app downloads in the United States.

The Trump administration claimed that TikTok posed a national security risk as the Chinese government had access to its user data. The company repeatedly denied the allegations.

Mr Trump gave a provisional green light to a potential deal that would have seen parent company ByteDance sell part of its US operation to US technology giant Oracle and retailer Walmart, but the Chinese government never approved it.

Since taking office as President of the United States in January, Joe Biden has rescinded Mr. Trump’s executive order.

In addition to overcoming that difficulty in the United States, the company has been looking for new ways to attract consumers.

TikTok was said to be testing new vanishing clips feature akin to Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram last week.

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TikTok Stories will allow users to see content posted by accounts they follow for 24 hours before they are deleted.

It came after WhatsApp rolled out a feature for users to post photos or videos that vanish after they are seen.