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TikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based Internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short music, lip-sync, dance, comedy and talent videos of 3 to 15 seconds, and short looping videos of 3 to 60 seconds. ByteDance first launched Douyin for the Chinese market in September 2016. Later, TikTok was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in most markets outside of mainland China; however, it only became available worldwide, including the United States, after merging with Musical.ly on August 2, 2018.
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  • Fun facts 

  • Evolution 

  • Musical.ly merger 

  • Expansion in other markets 

  • Features and trends 

  • Viral trends 

  • Influencer marketing 

  • Users 

  • Use by businesses 

  • India 

  • United States 

  • Indonesia and Bangladesh 

  • Pakistan 

  • Addiction concerns 

  • Content concerns 

  • Misinformation 

  • Content censorship and moderation by the platform 

  • User privacy concerns 

  • US COPPA fines 

  • UK Information Commissioner's Office investigation 

  • Cyberbullying 

  • Tencent lawsuits 

  • Data transfer class action lawsuit