TikTok overtakes Google to become most popular website in 2021; Tech giants in shock

Google’s dominance, which has not been damaged for years, has reportedly suffered a setback now as the video-focused social networking service, TikTok surpassed the tech giant, a report said. According to a report by IT security company Cloudflare, the viral video app gets more hits than the US-based search engine. 

TikTok even beat out other well-known domains that outranked it in 2020, such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Netflix, data from Cloudflare showed. The company found that TikTok, which ranked seventh to No. 1 Google in 2020, got a little “help” from the pandemic, boosting the app to the top spot this year.

According to data released by Cloudflare, TikTok overtook Google to become the world’s largest economy from the start of the year itself and as per reports, it recorded in February, March, and June 2021. However, since then But since then, TikTok has been in the first place since August. The popularity of the app soared as people began to stay indoors following the epidemic.

The social network, which is owned by China-based Bytedance, now has more than one billion active users across the world and that number continues to grow. Meanwhile, in June 2020, the Indian government banned the popular short-form video app TikTok amid border tensions with China.

Overall in 2021, TikTok was closely followed by Google in second place and Facebook in third. Microsoft and Apple completed the top five spots. Ranked six was Amazon, followed by Netflix, (7) Youtube (8), Twitter (9), and WhatsApp in 10th.

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In the US, Former President Donald Trump had sought to ban TikTok from US app stores, saying it collected data from American users that could be obtained by China’s government and posed a threat to US national security. However, President Biden later rescinded Trump’s plan but called for a comprehensive review of foreign-controlled applications.