TikTok tops Google as the most visited website on the Internet

For the first time, TikTok has overtaken Facebook and Google as the most popular destination on the Internet, according to a technology company that tracks online activity.

In an analysis of web traffic this year, storage software company Cloudflare found that TikTok was the most visited website and the most used social media platform. Cloudflare’s ranking is based on the amount of web traffic the site generated in 2021.

Chinese startup ByteDance launched TikTok in 2016. The platform garnered some attention a year later when it bought rival app Musical.ly, and it started to rise in popularity in the US in 2020 with notable videos including one that showed Idaho resident Nathan Apodaca a Skateboarding and ocean drinking. Sprinkle cranberry juice while listening to Fleetwood Mac.

However, while TikTok has grown steadily, the platform has never climbed above No. 7 in web traffic, according to Cloudflare. That changed in 2021.

“On February 17, 2021, TikTok took first place for one day. In March, TikTok got a few more days and also in May, but after August 10, 2021, TikTok took the top most days,” Cloudflare’s Joao Tomei and Sofia Cardita wrote in a post Blog.

Cardita and Tomé said Google grabbed the top website multiple times in October and November, but TikTok dominated most days including Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Rounding up the top 10 most visited websites in 2021, according to Cloudfare:

2. Google
3. Facebook
4. Microsoft
5. apple
6. Amazon
7. Netflix
8. YouTube
9. Twitter
10. WhatsApp

After TikTok, the top 10 most visited social media platforms this year were:

2. Facebook
3. YouTube
4. Twitter
5. Instagram
6. Snapchat
7. Reddit
8. Pinterest
9. LinkedIn
10. Kura

Facebook’s Meta Platform remains the most widely used social network, with 2.9 billion monthly active users as of September and 1.9 billion daily users, the company’s regulatory filings show.

According to Cloudfare, more than a billion users log in to scroll on TikTok per month, many of them children and teens. The platform has also become integral to developing careers for some of today’s most popular artists, including Lil Nas X.

Michael Pekerman, Head of Public Policy at TikTok for North America He told CBS Mornings in October. “You’re putting a premium on authentic content, upgrading the content. But like all entertainment, you want to watch it in moderation, we put the tools in place, we give you quick videos, screen time management, and tools for parents like family bonding to make sure they can have conversations and do as appropriate for their families and teens.”

Although TikTok has gained huge popularity, like other major social media platforms, it has also generated controversy.

TikTok, Snapchat, and YouTube lawmakers questioned while listening to protecting children online


In October, a The Tennessee school district blamed TikTok for a series of vandalism incidents in classrooms, bathrooms, and hallways. Some children were also seriously injured and Until they died after facing the ‘challenges’ they saw on TikTok.

A TikTok representative did not respond to a request for comment.

separately , The Trump administration banned TikTok last year Because some lawmakers were concerned that the Chinese government was using the app to collect personal data on Americans. TikTok later said that its data on Americans is stored on US soil and is not shared with Chinese officials. President Joe Biden Trump ban lifted in June.