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Definition: TikTok

A very popular mobile app that is used to take and share short videos. Introduced in 2016 in China by ByteDance as Douyin (shaking sound) and one year later in the U.S. as TikTok, more than two billion copies of the app were downloaded in four years. TikTok has become a space for people to show their talent or just something silly.

Extremely popular, TikTok has been one of the most downloaded apps in the 2010s. The maximum length of a video is three minutes, and this time limit has increased and decreased several times over the years. See Zynn.

Short Videos Are Addictive
Like most social media, the next video that appears is based on the material people previously watched. However, compared to text and images, videos seem to be much more addictive. TikTok, along with Instagram and other social media, are said to be responsible for alarming rates of anxiety, depression and attempted suicide in teens in the U.S., especially among young girls, as well as every country where social media is widespread.

Finally Banned in the U.S.
In 2020, the Trump administration gave ByteDance 90 days to sell TikTok to a U.S. company, but the Biden administration revoked the ban in 2021. In the following year, TikTok was banned from devices owned by the federal government, and several states have also banned the app on government-issued devices. In March 2024, the Biden administration gave ByteDance 270 days to sell TikTok to a U.S. company.

TikTok Clips
Generally a lot of singing and dancing, TikTok users perform many pranks and antics, as well as show unpretentious events such as trimming hair. TikTok learns user's preferences and strives to deliver clips they will enjoy.