Instagram Considers TikTok It’s Biggest Competition

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TikTok has long been an enemy of the United States government, and now another prominent social media platform is seeing it as a huge problem.

According to Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri, TikTok is its biggest competitor in the field.

That information is a huge indicator of why Instagram decided to rival TikTok with the new Reels feature.

From the New York Post:

“TikTok is an incredibly formidable competitor, probably the most formidable competitor we’ve ever seen,” Mosseri said, adding that the company deserves “a lot of credit” for popularizing the short-form video format.

TikTok is based in Beijing and has been deemed a national security risk. It has been downloaded over 110 million times in the United States.

The company, however, claims that its servers are based out of China and that they are committed to transparency for its users. The app is also not available within China.

“At TikTok, we take these issues incredibly seriously as well. We are committed to transparency and accountability in how we support our TikTok users in the US and around the world,” the statement from TikTok read. “TikTok does not remove content based on sensitivities related to China. We have never been asked by the Chinese government to remove any content and we would not do so if asked. Period.”

TikTok was first launched in 2017 and is available for download on iOS and Android devices. Earlier this year, TikTok hit one billion downloads globally with the app available in over 150 markets and 75 languages.

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