TikTok, known in China as Douyin (Chinese: 抖音; pinyin: Dǒuyīn), is a short-form video hosting service owned by Chinese company ByteDance. It hosts a variety of short-form user videos, from genres like pranks, stunts, tricks, jokes, dance, and entertainment with durations from 15 seconds to ten minutes. TikTok is an international version of Douyin, which was originally released in the Chinese market in September 2016. TikTok was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in most markets outside of mainland China; however, it became available worldwide only after merging with another Chinese social media service,, on 2 August 2018.

TikTok and Douyin have almost the same user interface but no access to each other's content. Their servers are each based in the market where the respective app is available. The two products are similar, but features are not identical. Douyin includes an in-video search feature that can search by people's faces for more videos of them and other features such as buying, booking hotels and making geo-tagged reviews. Since its launch in 2016, TikTok and Douyin rapidly gained popularity in virtually all parts of the world. TikTok surpassed 2 billion mobile downloads worldwide in October 2020.Morning Consult ranked TikTok as the third fastest growing brand of 2020, after only Zoom and Peacock. Cloudflare ranked TikTok as the most popular website of 2021, surpassing Google.TikTok has been subject to criticism over psychological effects such as addiction, as well as controversies over inappropriate content, misinformation, censorship and moderation, and user privacy.


October 7, 2022

Taylor Swift’s Shares Scented New Track Title From ‘Midnights’

“Tonight we mayhem til the morning!,” writes TayTay on her TikTok profile. “AND release vinyls with pics I signed in them on my site! Gonna be a wild ride.”

October 6, 2022

TikTok’s Favorite 12-Foot Skeleton Is Sold Out, But Here Are Alternatives to Buy Online

Need Halloween decorations? We’ve put together a list of spooky and terrifying options, including alternatives to the viral 12-foot skeleton.

October 6, 2022

JoJo Siwa Shares Her ‘Gay Awakening’ Story, Which All Started With Demi Lovato

"Little me, she didn't know she was gay," Siwa shared on TikTok.

October 5, 2022

5 Takeaways From Music Matters 2022: TikTok, Web3 and an ‘Emerging’ Subscription Market

The Singapore-based conference returns after two years of being held virtually.

October 3, 2022

TikTok Ups William Gruger to New ‘Global Music Programs’ Team

Gruger's promotion follows up two other recent promotions of his colleagues in the past week, indicating a shakeup in leadership at the ByteDance-owned company.

October 3, 2022

Paramore Officially Brings Back ‘Misery Business’ Four Years After Declaring They Would No Longer Play It

"About five minutes after I got canceled for saying the word ‘whore’ in a song, all of TikTok decided that it was ok," said Williams of the song. "Make it make sense."

October 3, 2022

Taylor Swift Shares ‘Anti-Hero’ Song Title From ‘Midnights’

Singer takes to her Instagram Story and TikTok for the sixth episode of “Midnights Mayhem With Me”

September 30, 2022

The Ledger: TikTok Is Additive, Can Coexist With Other Streaming Platforms 

Social media apps such as TikTok were behind a 28% increase in time spent listening to music, to about 19 hours per week, in the first half of 2022, according to MusicWatch.

September 30, 2022

Selena Gomez Condemns Fans’ ‘Vile and Disgusting’ Comments After Hailey Bieber’s Interview

"No one ever should be spoken to in the manner that I've seen," the pop star said in a TikTok livestream.

September 30, 2022

Tate McRae Just Couldn’t Help Herself on New Single ‘Uh Oh’

The TikTok-teased single follows the arrival of the Canadian pop singer's debut album, I Used to Think I Could Fly

September 30, 2022

Watch Tori Kelly’s acoustic cover of BLACKPINK’s ‘Typa Girl’

The American singer-songwriter posted the cover on TikTok earlier this week The post Watch Tori Kelly’s acoustic cover of BLACKPINK’s ‘Typa Girl’ appeared first on NME.

September 27, 2022

Meghan Trainor Fulfills Dream of Becoming a Teacher By Giving Jennifer Hudson a Lesson in TikTok

During a recent appearance on The Jennifer Hudson Show, the "Don't I Make It Look Easy" singer also spilled the secret strategy behind keeping her biggest song plaques in her bathroom

September 23, 2022

Taylor Reveals ‘Midnights’ Track Names, Kanye Doesn’t Read, Cardi Loves Her Special Gift From Beyoncé & More | Billboard News

Taylor Swift reveals the first track name from her highly anticipated upcoming album ‘Midnights’ in a new TikTok series, Kanye West admits he doesn’t read, Cardi B loves her special gift from Beyoncé, we take you inside The Weeknd ‘After Hours’ nightmare Halloween Horrors maze and more!

September 23, 2022

Yes, Charlie Puth Is Definitely a Swiftie

In a video circulating on TikTok, Puth is seen playing Swift's breakthrough hit "Teardrops on My Guitar" on piano.

September 23, 2022

Yes, Charlie Puth Is Definitely a Swiftie

In a video circulating TikTok, Puth is seen playing Swift's breakthrough hit "Teardrops on My Guitar" on piano.

September 23, 2022

Taylor Swift Announces Next ‘Midnights’ Song Title & It’s Spicy

The superstar is slowly sharing her upcoming album's track list with her "Midnights Mayhem With Me" TikTok series.

September 22, 2022

Sam Smith & Kim Petras Are Done Keeping It On the Down-Low With ‘Unholy’: Stream It Now

The new collaboration comes after the pair got their song's chorus trending on TikTok.

September 22, 2022

SEVENTEEN Talks Their Favorite ‘Sector 17’ Songs, Viral TikTok ‘World’ Dance, CARATs, ‘Be the Sun’ Tour & More | Billboard News

K-Pop idols SEVENTEEN talk about their favorite ‘Sector 17’ song, viral ‘World’ TikTok dance, their CARATs, ‘Be the Sun’ tour and more!

September 22, 2022

Even Taylor Swift’s Mom Thinks This TikToker Is the Singer’s Doppelgänger 

"My mom just saw this and said 'she looks like you,'" Swift commented on TikTok user Ashley Leechin's video.

September 21, 2022

Maroon 5’s Adam Levine responds to viral TikTok alleging affair

Levine said: "I did not have an affair; nevertheless, I crossed the line during a regrettable period in my life" The post Maroon 5’s Adam Levine responds to viral TikTok alleging affair appeared first on NME.

September 21, 2022

Taylor Swift begins revealing ‘Midnights’ tracklist with final song title

Through a new series of short TikTok videos, the singer will be using a bingo cage with 13 balls in it to determine which song titles she'll reveal and in what order The post Taylor Swift begins revealing ‘Midnights’ tracklist with final song title appeared first on NME.

September 21, 2022

FDA Issues Warning Against Cooking Chicken in NyQuil Amid TikTok Challenge

The FDA is warning against a recent social media challenge in which people are cooking chicken in the over-the-counter cold medicine NyQuil.

September 20, 2022

The Legal Beat: Cardi B’s Plea Deal – Plus Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent & More

Also in this week's recap, R. Kelly is convicted again, Warner sues Bang Energy over TikTok music, Jam Master Jay's alleged killers can't beat case, and more.

September 20, 2022

#RollWithIt TikTok trend inspires Liam Gallagher impressions

The mics are of course fixed at lofty heights... The post #RollWithIt TikTok trend inspires Liam Gallagher impressions appeared first on NME.

September 19, 2022

Warner Music Sues Bang Energy Over TikTok Ads in ‘Massive Infringement’ Case

Universal and Sony have already won big rulings against the energy drink company. Now, Warner is saying Bang Energy also used its songs without licenses.

September 17, 2022

Lea Michele Joins TikTok, Recreates Viral ‘Funny Girl’ Video

The Broadway star is out with COVID-19, but she's not letting that rain on her parade.

September 16, 2022

‘Good’ As Gold: How David Guetta and Bebe Rexha’s TikTok Smash Became a Global Hit

"I don’t want to understate the importance of being agile, being nimble and adapting quickly with the moment."

September 15, 2022

Bang Energy’s TikTok Videos Infringed Sony’s Copyrights, Judge Says

The beverage brand said it thought that TikTok's music tools were OK to use, but a judge didn't buy it.

September 15, 2022

Here's How Much Khaby Lame Is Able to Earn Per Post as TikTok's Most-Followed Creator

Khabane “Khaby” Lame recently passed Charli D'Amelio as the most-followed TikToker, and it's been revealed how many millions of dollars he can earn per post.

September 14, 2022

Trending Up: ‘Queen’ Songs Rule on Streaming, The Weeknd Turns Back the Clock at Radio & Tyler Childers Gets ‘All’ Up on TikTok

Songs by The Smiths, The Beatles and the Sex Pistols are all up hundreds of percent following the death of Queen Elizabeth.



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September 4, 2015

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August 28, 2015

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August 21, 2015

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June 20, 2014

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May 23, 2014

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July 15, 2013

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