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What is TikTok Anyway?

Learn all that is there to know about the popular TikTok smartphone app.
David Tate

What is TikTok?

TikTok is a social networking app tailored to short video clips. It was first launched two years ago after the ByteDance group purchased the Musical.ly app for around $800 million and rebranded it into what is known as TikTok today.

Who is it for?

The TikTok app is rated as 14+ in the app store. It is primarily used by young people who typically publish lipsync videos and duets for their followers to watch.

How to access it?

The TikTok app can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices. You can visit the app store for your device to find the version that works for you.

Alternatively, you can access TikTok using the TikTok Online Viewer app. It doesn't have all the functionality of the app but it's a good alternative for people who just want to browse content.

Is it safe?

TikTok is safe but precautions should be taken when publishing anything online. Make sure your TikTok account is private so only your followers can see your videos.

If your account is public then make sure not to publish anything you don't want the world to see. It's worth noting that TikTok had to pay a fine for not complying with child privacy laws.


TikTok is the fourth largest social networking app after Instagram with over 500 million monthly active users. It's a fun app that is very addictive. So, are you going to sign-up for a TikTok account and be a part of the newest social media phenomenon?