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TikTok crushed Instagram in United States in July 2020

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 27 Aug 2020 9:01

TikTok crushed Instagram in United States in July 2020

As middle-aged (and older) people have flocked to Facebook-owned Instagram, teens have escaped the service and seem to have landed to Chinese social media superstar, TikTok.
According to ComScore United States usage stats, TikTok had half the monthly audience of Instagram's in July, 2020. But.. The service clocked more than 2x usage minutes compared to Instagram. According to latest stats, TikTok had appx. 100 million active monthly users in United States.

Apparently one of the very reasons for this difference is the TikTok's praised recommendation algorithm that tends to deliver "more to watch" features that people actually want to watch after one reel has finished.





To counter the threat, Facebook is rolling out direct TikTok copycat service dubbed as Instagram Reels, set to roll out globally soon.

Facebook has used similar tactics against its other rivals, too. Instagram's one of most popular features, its Instagram Stories, is a blatant ripoff of SnapChat's similar feature.

Facebook actually tried to buy TikTok back in 2016, but failed.

TikTok has now almost 700 million unique monthly users. Company is in middle of U.S. - China relations fight, as TikTok's Chinese ownership is questioned in United States - and there have been plans from American companies to buy the service.

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