TikTok is DOWN: App crashes for frustrated users across the UK – one day after Instagram experienced a four-hour outage

  • According to DownDetector, the app’s problems started at around 15:21 GMT 
  • TikTok is yet to officially address the issue or give a reason for Tuesday’s outage  
  • It follows an Instagram bug that suspended user accounts without any reason 

TikTok has crashed for users across the UK this afternoon, marking the second major social media outage in as many days. 

According to DownDetector, the problems started at around 15:21 GMT and are affecting users across the country. 

MailOnline attempted to access the app, and found no videos were loading. 

TikTok’s issues come just one day after rival app Instagram suffered a four-hour outage that saw users’ accounts suspended. 

And only last week, WhatsApp experienced a two-hour outage that left users globally unable to send or receive messages.  

TikTok has crashed for users across the UK this afternoon. The popular Chinese social media app lets users post short-form videos

So far, more than 1,200 problems have been logged on DownDetector, with 65 per cent of people reporting problems with the app, 23 per cent with the server connection, and 12 per cent with their feed

So far, more than 1,200 problems have been logged on DownDetector, with 65 per cent of people reporting problems with the app, 23 per cent with the server connection, and 12 per cent with their feed. 

Several frustrated users have taken to Twitter to discuss the outage. 

‘Is anyone else’s TikTokdown? Or is my account just getting deleted. I can’t see my posts or likes,’ one wrote.

Another tweeted: ‘IS TIKTOK DOWN??? My videos are gone.’

Another added: ‘Why is my tiktok doing this? My videos keep disappearing?’ 

MailOnline has contacted TikTok for comment.  

TikTok’s problems come soon after a ‘bug’ at rival Instagram meant users were told they’d been ‘suspended’ from their accounts for no real reason. 

Instagram’s bug was still affecting users on Tuesday morning, even after the photo-sharing app said it had solved the issue. 

Instagram is one of several platforms owned by Meta, the firm owned by Mark Zuckerberg, along with WhatsApp and Facebook. 

But Meta and other social media companies are having trouble keeping up with the popularity of TikTok, which is owed by Beijing company ByteDance.

It was recently revealed that TikTok users spend 197.8 million hours a day scrolling through the app – 10 times what Instagram users spend on its equivalent Reels. 

WHAT IS TIK TOK? 

TikTok is a Chinese social media app where users can live stream, create short videos and music videos and Gifs with a host of functions. 

TikTok’s tagline is ‘Make every second count’.

It was the most downloaded app in the US in 2018 and the world’s fourth most downloaded app in 2018, ahead of Instagram and Snapchat.

TikTok is known in China as Douyin where it was launched in 2016 and then made more widely available around the world in 2017.  

Douyin is still the version of the app used in China, available to download separately to TikTok.

The app was merged with popular music video lip-syncing app Musical.ly, also with headquarters in China. 

Most children use the app to film themselves lip-syncing to chart hits. 

It offers users a raft if colourful modification and editing tools including overlaying music, sound, animated stickers, filters and augmented reality (AR) for creating short videos. 

The Beijing based social network has more than 500 million active users and the company is now worth more than $75 billion (£58 billion). 

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