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By Li Yi / Dec 14, 2018 03:46 PM / World

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

What was the most popular mobile app in Japan this year?

For Apple users, it was video platform Tik Tok, from fast-growing Chinese startup Bytedance.

The phenomenally popular app — called Douyin inside China — beat out Japan’s go-to messenger program LINE and ever-useful Google Maps.

The app has been a key element for ByteDance’s overseas expansion — with especially younger viewers finding themselves drawn to the short, catchy, user-provided footage.

But Bytedance has faced regulatory pushback. In Indonesia, for example, Tik Tok was banned for its alleged negative impact on children.

The company, which also makes Chinese news app Toutiao, is now one of the most valuable unicorns in the world, worth an estimated $75 billion after its latest round of fundraising, according to a Caixin report.


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