TikTok Frequently Asked Questions: Everything You Need To Know About The New Social Media Platform

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This past week, TikTok announced that they would be creating 100 jobs in Ireland. Naturally, this led to headlines and left people scratching their heads as to what the hell TikTok is. Here’s everything you need to know about TikTok.

What is TikTok?

TikTok, formerly known as musical.ly, is a social media platform. On TikTok, users can create videos up to 15 seconds long and combine these videos with music or other audio. The goal is to generally create a funny video and you can combine 4 videos to make a combined 60-second clip.

Picture taken November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

What is the point of TikTok?

TikTok borrows from several entertainment concepts to create the core attraction of the platform. It combines elements from the now-defunct Vine, Instagram stories and, believes it or not, karaoke. Yep, music and singing, or perhaps more so miming, make up a massive part of TikTok.

Is TikTok safe and is TikTok safe for kids?

Well, all social media platforms come with inherent risks. People pretend to be people they’re not and the platform does have underage people. So you can see the risks already. With adult usage or adult supervision, like all social media platforms, TikTok can be perfectly safe and a hell of a lot of fun.

When you join TikTok just remember your account is public, so if you prefer, I’d recommend you set it to private. Also, according to the app’s guidelines, remember that TikTok is intended for use by kids 13 years and older. 

Can you make money on TikTok?

There’s no direct way to make money on TikTok. However, as is the case with a lot of social media platforms these days, users can promote products. These “influencers” are an attractive way of advertising for many companies due to the authentic way of connecting with groups of people.

How many Irish users does TikTok have?

TikTok is reported to currently have 90,000 Irish users.

Where is TikTok based?

TikTok is a Chinese-based company. Today, they either have or will be opening offices in London, Los Angeles, Mountain View, Singapore, New York, Dublin, Mumbai, Sydney, Palo Alto, Berlin, Moscow, Warsaw, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur, Culver City, Chicago, Jakarta
San Francisco, Dubai, Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, Munich, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Menlo Park, Mexico City, Paris, Gurgaon, Hong Kong, Manila, Bangkok, Washington D.C., Beijing and
Shanghai.

Despite being a Chinese company, TikTok itself is not available in China although an alternative version of the app called Douyin is popular.

How do I get a TikTok account?

If you’re over the age of 13, you can setup a TikTok account by downloading their app. Once you open the app, you’ll need to enter your birthday, your emails address, verification code and your marketing preferences for the service. Then you’ll need to set a password. Remember, I always recommend using a password manager and creating a unique password just for TikTok.

Is TikTok banned in some countries?

TikTok’s parent company ByteDance has stated that the app is not available in China and its data is stored outside of China. The app has also found itself in hot water in some other countries too. TikTok was briefly banned in Indonesia and, while it wasn’t banned in the U.S., they did have to pay a multi-million dollar fine for collecting personal information of kids under the age of 13.

Does TikTok pay money for videos?

TikTok does allow people and brands to pay for placements within the app. This means paid videos appear in peoples feeds as they scroll through content.

Who is the most famous person on TikTok?

Celebrities have started streaming, no pun intended, to the platform. Will Smith, Cardi B, The Jonas Brothers, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Post Malone, Liza Koshy, Britney Spears, David Dobrik and Meghan Trainor are amongst the most famous people on TikTok.

Who Has Highest followers on TikTok?

Loren Gray is the most-followed person on TikTok with nearly 38 million followers.

Who is the most popular Irish person on TikTok?

It’s tough to find specific users by country on the platform, but one of my own personal favourite social media funny guy has a massive following on TikTok. You might remember me going on about Tadgh Fleming. This social funny guy has been creating some of the funniest videos online I’ve ever seen and even made it as far as Ellen thanks to him and his dad, Derry, chasing a bat around the kitchen. He’s tear-inducingly funny and that’s garnered him nearly 800,000 TikTok followers.

How many people are on TikTok?

Tiktok is in over 150 countries, used by people speaking 75 languages. It’s estimated that there are 500 million TikTok users around the world, suggesting there’s plenty of room for growth in Ireland given our relatively low number of users.

Does TikTok take and store data?

TikTok does take certain amounts of data and, where required, stores that according to national laws. For example, U.S. data is stored in the U.S while Irish data would be stored somewhere in the EU. We’ve reached out to TikTok to confirm where Irish user data is stored.

Which country uses Tik Tok the most?

India is the biggest base of TikTok users with nearly 120 million users. Next up is the United States with nearly 40 million users and Turkey with 29 million users.

What happens when you delete your TikTok account?

When you delete your TikTok account, your account will appear as deactivated and your videos will be unavailable. 30-days later, everything is deleted.

Is Tik Tok inappropriate?

I’ve found myself browsing through TikTok in public a few times and feeling content was a little inappropriate. You do need to be careful about the accounts and trends you follow as some content may be offensive of inappropriate for your age. That works both ways in terms of content for young people but also young people creating videos which are then viewed by people in a much older age-group.

How many followers do you need on TikTok to go live?

Going live on TikTok is only possible once you have a minimum of 1000 followers.

What is the average age of TikTok users?

The majority of TikTok users are young social media users with two-thirds of users being under the age of thirty. 60% of the app’s users are between 16 and 24 and a slight majority of 52% are iPhone users.