Editor’s note: A version of this originally appeared on Radii, a new media platform covering culture, innovation, and life in today’s China.

ByteDance’s Douyin app—or Tik Tok, to give it its official English name—has just topped the iOS download charts for non-game apps for the first quarter of 2018, according to a report from Sensor Tower, an American market research company.

Douyin (抖音, or “vibrato” in English) is a short video and music video app that was launched by news app Jinri Toutiao founder Zhang Yiming in autumn 2016.

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