TikTok has been named the world’s most downloaded app in 2020, taking the top spot from Facebook Messenger, according to digital analytics company App Annie.
The Chinese video-sharing platform is the only app not owned by Facebook to make the global top five of downloads.
Facebook-owned apps have held the top spot since the survey started in 2018 and the company still dominated the chart.
ByteDance launched the international version of TikTok in 2017, and has since overtaken Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger — all of which are Facebook owned — in downloads, even in the U.S.
Last year, former US President Donald Trump issued an executive order to ban TikTok in America with claims that it posed a national security risk because the Chinese government had access to its user data. The company repeatedly denied the allegations.
Since becoming US President in January this year, Joe Biden has withdrawn Trump’s executive order.