TikTok’s global popularity seems unshakable despite pushbacks from the U.S. government.
With 113 million downloads, the ByteDance-owned social media app was the world’s most downloaded non-game app in February for the second consecutive month, according to statistics from research firm SensorTower. The figure represented a 96.5% year-on-year increase.
TikTok also claimed the top spot in February’s global downloads on both the Apple App Store and Google Play, the statistics showed.
Users in India seemed most obsessed with the short video app, with 41.3% of TikTok’s total February downloads coming from the South Asian country, followed by Brazil with 8.6%, according to the statistics.
Yet TikTok has been drawing criticism from some U.S. lawmakers who consider the app as posing a national security threat due to its handling of user data. Some government agencies in the U.S. have barred their employees from using the app on government-issued devices.
Other Chinese apps that proved popular in February included JOYY-owned short video app Likee and Helo, an India-focused regional language entertainment content app also owned by ByteDance. The two apps ranked sixth and tenth in global downloads respectively, SensorTower said, adding that Kuaishou, TikTok’s main competitor in China, failed to make it onto the top 10 list for the month.
WhatsApp came in as the world’s second most installed non-game app with 96 million downloads.
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