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YouTube - YouTube is a free American online video sharing and social media platform. It was launched in 2005 and is now owned by Google. It is the second most visited website, right after Google itself. YouTube has more than one billion monthly users who collectively watch more than one billion hours of videos each day. As of May 2019, videos were being uploaded at a rate of more than 500 hours of content per minute.
TikTok - TikTok is a video-focused social networking service owned by Chinese company ByteDance Ltd. It hosts a variety of short-form user videos, from genres like pranks, stunts, tricks, jokes, dance, and entertainment with durations from 15 seconds to ten minutes. TikTok was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android in most markets outside of mainland China; however, it became available worldwide only after merging with another Chinese social media service, Musical.ly, on 2 August 2018.Cloudflare ranked TikTok as the most popular website of 2021, surpassing Google.
Instagram - Instagram is an American photo and video sharing social networking service founded in 2010 and later acquired by Facebook Inc. The app allows users to use filters and organize posts with hashtags and geographical tagging. Instagram was originally distinguished by allowing content to be framed only in a square (1:1) aspect ratio of 640 pixels to match the display width of the iPhone at the time. In 2015, this restriction was eased with an increase to 1080 pixels. It also added messaging features, the ability to include multiple images or videos in a single post, and a Stories feature. Currently there are over 1 billion users. Instagram has also been criticized for negatively affecting teens' mental health.
Facebook - Facebook is an American online social media and social networking service owned by Meta Platforms. Founded in 2004, as of 2020, Facebook claimed 2.8 billion monthly active users, and ranked fourth in global internet usage. The subject of numerous controversies, Facebook has often been criticized over issues such as user privacy, political manipulation, mass surveillance, psychological effects such as addiction and low self-esteem, and content such as fake news, conspiracy theories, copyright infringement, and hate speech.
Twitter - Twitter is an American microblogging and social networking service on which users post and interact with messages known as "tweets". Registered users can post, like, and retweet tweets, however, unregistered users have the ability to only read tweets that are publicly available. Twitter was created in March 2006. By the start of 2019, Twitter had more than 330 million monthly active users. On April 25, 2022, the Twitter board of directors agreed to a $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, potentially making it one of the biggest deals to turn a company private.
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