With such a precarious history and the fate of the app's future always seemingly in question, people want to know: Is TikTok getting shut down in 2021? Here's a breakdown of all the known details.
No, TikTok isn't being shut down in 2021 (so far).
Despite catching a lot of flack from the Trump administration over its presence in the U.S. market, rational business decisions and a lack of interest by the Biden administration have left TikTok seemingly in the clear with regards to it being used domestically. There was a point in time where the former president was virtually threatening to shut down the app once a week, but since taking office, President Biden has made almost no mention of it or concerns he has with it existing in the U.S.
However, this doesn't mean that TikTok is here to stay for every country on Earth. Some other international leaders have strongly spoken out against TikTok being allowed to operate in their countries, and a few have outright banned citizens from using it.
So far, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia have all issued bans on TikTok. These nations have all cited either security concerns or worries over general public welfare brought about by the content on the app. Despite the ban, the rise of apps such as Triller in many Asian countries more than fills the void for a video-sharing service amongst the billions of internet users now restricted from TikTok.
TikTok is poised to hit one billion users by the end of 2021.
With roughly 800 million accounts currently active on the application, many outlets are reporting that it is very possible that TikTok will exceed one billion users by the end of the 2021 fiscal year. This massive user base solidifies the notion that despite sparse international bans, the app is still thriving in plenty of viable markets.
TikTok, as users in the U.S. know it, is the internationally-used version of the Douyin app, the precursor to TikTok that was launched exclusively on Chinese servers in September 2016. The first internationally-used TikTok app came in 2017, but it wasn't until 2019 that it eventually merged with Music.ly and the current version of the U.S. app as users know it now came to be.
For now, it appears that the future of TikTok in the U.S. is secure, but security and content reviews are constant topics of discussion regardless of if a ban will ever actually be imposed. If circumstances change as time goes on, we'll be sure to update with new information.