TikTok is now estimated to have been downloaded greater than two billion occasions, proof of simply how widespread (and the way rapidly) the app has raised to prominence. Nonetheless, that meteoric rise has not been with out its points, and whereas TikTok is likely to be an in-demand app, it’s additionally a extremely controversial one.
Any app that passes the one-billion marker is taken into account a success, highlighting simply how spectacular surpassing the 2 billion determine is. For instance, outdoors of Google apps, there’s solely actually the apps owned by Fb which have additionally managed greater than two billion downloads. That’s the league and firm TikTok now finds itself in.
As a part of its newest Retailer Intelligence estimates, Sensor Tower factors to the TikTok app having now been downloaded greater than two billion occasions. The truth is, the information means that the variety of downloads of the app within the first three months of this yr, weren’t simply the very best quarter for the TikTok app, however any app, ever. A sign that TikTok is among the providers that has seen an enormous spike in downloads and utilization because of the coronavirus outbreak. Whereas spectacular, there are some factors to notice: the two billion doesn’t imply it has 2 billion customers, nor does it imply it has been downloaded by 2 billion totally different folks. It merely refers back to the variety of occasions the app has been downloaded basically. That’s, if the quantity is even appropriate to start with, contemplating these are estimates based mostly on how the analytics agency collects knowledge. Third-party estimates apart, it’s unlikely the official quantity deviates from Sensor Tower’s sufficient to make a lot of a distinction. Both means, TikTok has been downloaded quite a bit.
On the floor, TikTok is just an app that lets customers add their very own movies. On this sense, it’s no kind of protected than YouTube, or any of the opposite social media providers at present in operation right now. Nonetheless, in contrast to these others, TikTok has discovered its fame and fortune by way of youthful customers, and that is the place considerations may be raised. Previously yr, there have been ideas the app has a drug content material drawback, that it did not intervene rapidly sufficient when a person live-streamed their suicide, and it is a platform catering to numerous viral challenges that put the well-being of customers (and unsuspecting) folks in danger. All of which has led to the app routinely being accused of missing in its obligation of care, and to a few of the most weak in society.
That’s simply on the person stage. TikTok has additionally raised extra elementary security considerations during the last yr. Most notably, by way of privateness and its relationship to the Chinese language authorities. TikTok is owned by ByteDance, and it’s this firm that has raised flags for a lot of, attributable to its alleged shut ties with outstanding Chinese language authorities officers. This explicit concern has resulted in a number of official organizations and companies banning staff from utilizing the app, by way of worry particular person and even nationwide safety could possibly be in danger. Moreover, it’s not simply the information that the app is likely to be accumulating that’s proved to be a priority, but additionally what it refuses to indicate. For instance, and as a further indicator of the shut ties with China, there have been claims of how TikTok censors movies that aren’t in sync with the picture the Chinese language authorities needs to painting.
In fact, TikTok denies all of the claims made towards it and has routinely argued it’s doing as a lot as it may possibly to guard customers and privateness – each on the micro and macro stage. No matter whether or not it’s protected or not, two billion downloads recommend TikTok is just not going wherever, anytime quickly.
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Supply: Sensor Tower