Friday, June 18, 2021
ByteDance, the Chinese company behind the smash-hit video app TikTok, saw its earnings double last year.
An internal memo released to staff showed that the firm’s total revenue jumped by 111% to $34.3bn (£24.7bn) for 2020.
The figures underscore TikTok’s continued global popularity.
It comes as ByteDance and several other Chinese technology giants have come under increasing pressure from governments around the world.
ByteDance also saw its annual gross profit rise by 93% to to $19bn, while it recorded a net loss of $45bn for the same period.
The net loss was attributed to a one-off accounting adjustment and not related to the company’s operations.
The memo also showed that ByteDance had around 1.9bn monthly active users across all of its platforms as of December last year.
White House pressure
The massive popularity of TikTok has meant that ByteDance has been scrutinised by governments around the world, including in the US and China.
On Thursday, Reuters reported that an executive order signed by President Joe Biden earlier this month would force some Chinese apps to take tougher measures to protect user data if they wanted to stay in the US market.