TikTok suffers an outage

TikTok has experienced an outage, with more than 8,000 users complaining.

This morning, TikTok experienced an outage, which left many users worldwide unable to use the popular video app.

Outages-tracking website Downdetector reported that the issues began at approximately 09:40 GMT (04:40 ET). The outage reports peaked at more than 8,000 complaints around midday, then dropped to around 300 in the following hour.

Downdetector gathers outage reports from various sources, such as social media platforms and mobile apps. At the time of writing, TikTok has not yet disclosed a cause for the problem.

The app has experienced an outage before. In November last year, TikTok suffered an hour-long outage that impacted thousands of users across the UK. The video app then faced another global blackout just a few days later.

Mass popularity

TikTok is a Chinese-owned social media platform that offers a variety of features, such as live streaming, creating short videos, music videos, GIFs, and a plethora of other functions.

According to recent reports, TikTok users spend a staggering 197.8 million hours daily scrolling through the app. This number is ten times more than the amount of time Instagram users spend on its equivalent feature, Reels, making TikTok one of the world's most highly-engaging social media platforms.

The Beijing-based social network boasts over 1 billion monthly active users and is estimated to be valued at around $75 billion (£58 billion).

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