The Chinese “app factory” behind the global rise of TikTok

Jane Li
The Chinese “app factory” behind the global rise of TikTok

Although most often described as “the Chinese owner of TikTok” globally, ByteDance has another nickname in China: “app factory.” Since its inception in 2012, the company has created an ever-expanding app universe that now has at least 21 products, ranging from a very popular news aggregator to productivity management tools.