The Chinese app taking the social media world by storm

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Chinese social media apps have struggled to win over users beyond their home turf. TikTok is changing that.

In the space of just two years, the app has amassed more than half a billion users — around 40% of them outside China — who share short videos of themselves lip-syncing, cooking, dancing or just being silly.
Created by Beijing-based startup Bytedance, TikTok has gained an international edge over China’s established social media platforms, such as Tencent’s (TCEHY) WeChat, Sina Weibo (WB) and Alibaba’s (BABA) Youku.

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