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What's The Deal With TikTok? A 14-Year-Old Expert Explains

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Carter Parrish
Host Charity Nebbe watches TikTok videos with her daughter, Audrey Parrish.

With more than 800 million active users worldwide, TikTok is hugely popular and growing fast. This is particularly true among young people. Forty-one percent of all users are between the ages of 16 and 24. TikTok has taken over headlines in recent days as news broke of app users making and sharing videos encouraging others to claim tickets to President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma with no intention of showing up. 

TikTok users have also flooded social media with videos to disrupt the social media presence of white supremacists and hate groups, and users of the app have taken credit for crashing the iWatch Dallas App, an app designed to encourage residents to post anonymous crime tips in Dallas, Texas.

So what is TikTok, and what makes it so uniquely powerful? Charity Nebbe sat down with her 14-year-old daughter Audrey Parrish, a TikTok user herself, to get a better understanding of how this hugely popular app works.

Katelyn Harrop is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa