A woman holds a smartphone as a Tik Tok logo is displayed behind her. Since it was created in 2017, TikTok has become a staple of internet culture and social interaction for teenagers. Photo: ReutersA woman holds a smartphone as a Tik Tok logo is displayed behind her. Since it was created in 2017, TikTok has become a staple of internet culture and social interaction for teenagers. Photo: Reuters
A woman holds a smartphone as a Tik Tok logo is displayed behind her. Since it was created in 2017, TikTok has become a staple of internet culture and social interaction for teenagers. Photo: Reuters

The rise of TikTok, why teenagers love it, and how its links to China may see US lawmakers ban it

  • Since it was created in 2017, after short-form apps Musical.ly and Douyin merged, TikTok has become hugely popular with Generation Z in the US
  • It has received more than two billion all-time downloads, but it is owned by Chinese internet firm ByteDance, raising US authorities’ fears for user privacy

Topic |   TikTok
A woman holds a smartphone as a Tik Tok logo is displayed behind her. Since it was created in 2017, TikTok has become a staple of internet culture and social interaction for teenagers. Photo: ReutersA woman holds a smartphone as a Tik Tok logo is displayed behind her. Since it was created in 2017, TikTok has become a staple of internet culture and social interaction for teenagers. Photo: Reuters
A woman holds a smartphone as a Tik Tok logo is displayed behind her. Since it was created in 2017, TikTok has become a staple of internet culture and social interaction for teenagers. Photo: Reuters
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