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TikTok overtakes Facebook as world's most downloaded app

Data protection becoming more important as consumers demand privacy

China's TikTok was the most downloaded social media app in 2020 -- ahead of Facebook and three other apps the U.S. company owns.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- A global survey of downloads in 2020 shows TikTok, a video-sharing app developed in China, on top of the list of social media providers for the first time since the study was first conducted in 2018.

As concern for personal privacy grows, Telegram, a messaging app that can delete posts, also ranked high during a year when social media use has been driven up by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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