Hundreds of thousands flee TikTok for American-made Byte as Trump ban looms

Hundreds of thousands flee TikTok for American-made Byte as Trump ban looms


Byte, a social media app released in January, might swallow up a good chunk of TikTok’s 800 million users as President Trump threatens to ban the China-based tech.

On July 9, just two days after the feds first mentioned taking action against TikTok over concerns China was using it to data-gather and spy on Americans, 622,000 web rats fled the sinking app and downloaded Byte, according to data from Sensor Tower, a website that tracks app data.

Unlike TikTok, Byte is American-made. It was created by Dom Hofmann, the co-founder of Vine, another wildly popular app that was acquired by Twitter in 2012 but shuttered in October 2017. That’s when Hofmann began working on Byte.

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Confusingly, TikTok is owned by a Chinese company called ByteDance, which has no relation to its similarly-named US competitor.

While many TikTok users are in a panic over possibly losing their beloved app, some are taking the transition to Byte in stride.

Rutgers University

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