TikTok, as it is known in China, is a video-focused social networking service owned by ByteDance Ltd, a Chinese company. It features a wide range of short-form user videos, ranging in length from 15 seconds to three minutes, in categories such as pranks, stunts, tricks, jokes, dancing, and entertainment. TikTok is the international version of Douyin, which was first introduced in September 2016 in China. Outside of mainland China, TikTok was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in most markets; however, it was only available worldwide after merging with another Chinese social media service, Musical.ly, on August 2, 2018.
Although TikTok and Douyin have nearly identical user interfaces, they do not have access to each other’s content. Their servers are all located in the local market where the app is offered. Although the two products are comparable, they do not have the same features. Douyin has an in-video search feature that allows you to look for more videos of people using their faces, as well as other features like buying, booking hotels, and leaving geo-tagged reviews. TikTok/Douyin has quickly gained popularity in East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the United States, Turkey, Russia, and other regions of the world since its introduction in 2016. TikTok had over 2 billion smartphone downloads worldwide as of October 2020.