The company, which is owned by Chinese conglomerate ByteDance, announced the milestone in a blog post. “TikTok has become a beloved part of life for people around the world because of the creativity and authenticity of our creators,” the post said. “Our global community is remarkable in its ability to reach millions of people, across generations.”
Fueled by an architecture that promotes sharing across other apps, TikTok caught on with younger users because of its catchy mix of quick cutting, music and creative expression. TikTok launched in the U.S. in 2017, several years after ByteDance was formed.
The collection of users’ data landed TikTok on the hot seat with the U.S. government during the presidency of Donald Trump.