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The latest TikTok news and updates. TikTok is a video and picture social media platform owned by the Chinese company ByteDance. Originally released in a limited capacity in 2016, the app received a worldwide release in 2018 when the company acquired the app Musical.ly. It was the most downloaded app on the Apple App Store in 2018 and 2019.

What Trump's TikTok Ban Means For Users

TikTok restrictions start on September 20 but will initially apply to new downloads and software updates, meaning the app will continue to work as normal for existing users—at least until November 12.