TikTok, a Chinese video-sharing social network, has been named the world’s most downloaded app of 2020.
In its latest ranking, App Annie, a digital analytics company, said TikTok was the only app not owned by Facebook to make the global top five of downloads.
Facebook-owned apps had held the top spot since the survey started in 2018 and still dominated the chart.
In 2020, Donald Trump, former US President, sought to ban TikTok if it wasn’t sold by ByteDance, its owner.
He also issued an order giving ByteDance 90 days to sell or spin off its US TikTok business. Trump said there was evidence that ByteDance might take action that “threatens to impair the national security” of the United States.
TikTok considered selling the American portion of its business and held talks with Microsoft, Walmart, and Oracle.
It later filed a request for a preliminary injunction to prevent it from being banned by Trump’s administration.
After multiple lawsuits, incumbent President Joe Biden would sign an order in June 2021 revoking the Trump administration ban on TikTok. He, instead, ordered an investigation to determine if the app posed a security threat.
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