Asia-Pacific Emerges as TikTok's Stronghold in the Face of Western Bans

Asia-Pacific Emerges as TikTok's Stronghold in the Face of Western Bans
Tiktok © Photo by Solen Feyissa on Unsplash

While TikTok is facing bans in Western regions such as Europe, Canada, and the United States, its growth potential remains strong in its home region, which houses nearly 60% of the world's social network users.

In the Asia-Pacific region, TikTok is expected to experience the highest growth among social platforms this year. According to our report, its user base will increase by almost twice as much as its larger US competitor, Instagram (13.6% versus 7.3%).

Despite being banned in India, TikTok's expansion in the Asia-Pacific region will be fueled largely by Southeast Asian countries. Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam combined will contribute to approximately half of TikTok's user base in the Asia-Pacific region, excluding China. Furthermore, all of these countries, except Singapore, are projected to witness a growth rate of more than 10% in their TikTok user numbers this year.

TikTok's growth in the Asia-Pacific is so important because that particular region will contribute to 67% of the overall increase in social media users worldwide this year.

Competitor setbacks

Facebook currently has a larger user base in Asia-Pacific compared to other social networks. However, it is anticipated to experience a decline in users in several countries as new participants in the region opt for platforms like Instagram and Snapchat. Similarly, Twitter is expected to witness a decline in user growth across all countries in Asia-Pacific, except for Japan. This decline is attributed to new users avoiding the platform following its acquisition by Elon Musk.

Why Tiktok is so popular in the region?

In recent years, TikTok has taken the world by storm, captivating millions of users and becoming a cultural sensation. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Asia-Pacific region, where the platform has gained immense popularity among the youth. This article aims to delve into the reasons behind TikTok's extraordinary success and its appeal to young users in the Asia-Pacific region.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Seasia News (formerly (

Bite-sized Entertainment
TikTok offers a unique form of entertainment perfectly tailored to the short attention spans of today's youth. With its bite-sized video format, typically ranging from 15 to 60 seconds, TikTok provides quick and engaging content that fits seamlessly into the fast-paced lives of young people in the Asia-Pacific region.

Creativity Unleashed
TikTok serves as a creative outlet, enabling users to express themselves through music, dance, comedy, lip-syncing, and various other forms of artistic expression. The platform provides a vast array of user-friendly editing tools and a diverse range of audio tracks, encouraging users to unleash their imagination and create visually appealing content that resonates with their peers.

Virality and Community
The algorithmic nature of TikTok's "For You" page has contributed significantly to its success. The algorithm identifies users' preferences based on their interactions and presents them with a curated feed of content that aligns with their interests. This element of surprise, combined with the potential for content to go viral, fosters a sense of community among users, fueling their desire to participate and contribute to the platform's dynamic ecosystem.

Cultural Relevance
TikTok has demonstrated a remarkable ability to adapt to local cultures and trends within the Asia-Pacific region. It has provided a platform for showcasing traditional dances, local music, fashion trends, and even social issues. By incorporating and celebrating regional diversity, TikTok has resonated deeply with the youth, reinforcing its position as a cultural hub and a platform for self-expression.

Engaging Influencer Culture
Influencer marketing plays a significant role in TikTok's popularity among young users. The platform has given rise to a new generation of influencers, who wield significant influence over their followers. These influencers connect with their audiences on a personal level, creating relatable content and often collaborating with brands, fostering a sense of authenticity and trust.

Source: | 

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
View all posts

Thank you for reading until here