Despite political difficulties, TikTok has declared that it has reached a milestone of one billion monthly subscribers five years after its establishment.
“Because of our creators’ originality and sincerity, TikTok has become a beloved part of life for people all across the world,” the firm noted in a blog post.
Our worldwide community’s ability to reach millions of people across generations is remarkable.”
The App was the top downloaded app in the Apple App Store in July 2021, according to Statista.
TikTok history and political controversy
TikTok is the international version of Douyin, a Chinese software that first debuted in its home market in 2016.
The following year, it was released in more nations on iOS and Android.
Users can make, edit, and share short videos with other users using the app. It comes with a variety of video editing capabilities as well as background music options.
TikTok has been the target of political attention in recent years, with some countries pursuing legal action against the app and its owner, ByteDance.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order in August 2020 prohibiting TikTok and the messaging app WeChat from processing data for US citizens.
Due to security concerns, the ruling would also restrict the apps on US app stores starting September 20.
In the same month, Trump signed another order stating that if ByteDance did not sell its US operations company by November 14, TikTok would risk a complete ban in the United States.
President Joe Biden rescinded Trump’s unilateral orders this year and directed the US Commerce Department to investigate security issues raised by the app and others.
India and Pakistan, for example, have both outright banned the app.