Despite facing flak for sleazy content on its platform, Chinese owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance, TikTok became controversial within the past for illegally collecting personal info from kids in the U.S.A. and in other places for inappropriate content. Hearing a petition filed by an advocate, the Madras high court earlier this month asked the Centre to ban the app, saying it “encourages pornography” and is spoiling the future of youths and the minds of children.
But in terms of its reach, TikTok has simply had its best first quarter ever, adding an estimated 188 million during Q1, according to information analysis by sensor Tower.
“This marked a year-over-year increase of 70 per cent from Q1 2018, once 110 million users installed ByteDance’s hit app for the first time,” sensor Tower founder Oliver Yeh wrote in a blog post this week. “This growth was largely driven by Bharat, where an estimated 88.6 million new users flocked to the app last quarter,” Yeh added.
Of these new installs in India, Google Play accounted for nearly 99 of downloads. TikTok was the third most installed app globally during Q1 2019 across the App Store and Google Play, ranking behind solely Facebook’s WhatsApp and messenger at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
“To date, sensor Tower information shows that TikTok has been installed by more than 1.1 billion App Store and Google Play users globally, and has grossed $80 million from in-app purchases,” Yeh said.