Is TikTok Down? Huge Outage As Video App Not Working For Users

The hugely popular social media app TikTok is down for some users across the U.S.

The website Down Detector, which tracks if a website is having any issues for its users, started receiving problem reports from users late on Monday evening.

Between 10 p.m. (EST) Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday, the website received over 1,530 reports of issues with TikTok.

Some 61 percent of those users reported issues with the app itself, while 33 percent reported server connections, and another six percent with issues sharing from the app.

On website Updownradar they also received reports from users of TikTok not working.

The website highlighted which cities these reports came from in the U.S., showing cities from all around the country.

The cities included were Memphis, Tennessee, Atlanta, Georgia, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Smyrna, Tenessee, Columbia, Tennessee, Nashvile, Tennessee, Dalas, Texas, Clarksville, Tennessee, Ashburn, Virginia and Birmingham, Alabama.

Newsweek has contacted TikTok for comment.

In this photo illustration the logo of Chinese media app for creating and sharing short videos TikTok, also known as Douyin is displayed on the screen of a smartphone in front of a TV screen displaying the TikTok logo on September 15, 2020 in Paris, France. Some users have been unable to access TikTok on May 24 2022. Chesnot/Getty Images

Users of the video platform also took to Twitter to question whether they were the only people having an issue with TikTok. Some commenting about their frustration while others highlighted the importance the app has on their daily lives.

TikTok has become particularly important to the Gen Z demographic who have started using the platform to learn new hobbies.

A poll of 1,500 18 to 25-year-olds found 72 percent have been inspired to take up a new interest as a direct result of watching clips on popular social media channels.

Of those with a hobby, 53 percent spend at least four hours a week watching them on their smartphones, equating to a total of 208 hours per year.

Videos of past times, and content such as autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), tie-dying and ghost-hunting, have a loyal following among young adults, as do "how-to" clips featuring meditation, photography, and extreme makeup.

It also emerged 4 in 10 have gone behind the camera themselves to share their hobbies on social media.

The study was commissioned to mark the launch of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, whose spokesperson Annika Bizon, said: "After two years of various lockdowns where our creativity could have been stifled, it's no surprise we've seen an increase in awesome and unconventional hobbies coming from this generation.

"This audience craves expression, turning to social media outlets like never before, to watch, create and share their content."

Of those who post their own content relating to their hobby on social media, 86 percent said it has been well received. So much so, they've seen their number of followers increase by 21 percent.

Key motivators for sharing include showing off their new skills (26 percent), personal enjoyment (25 percent), and connecting with others (24 percent), while 23 percent do it to learn new things.

A fifth said it took them three months to perfect their hobby content to ensure followers would like it.

On average, content creators spend an average of four hours a week filming and editing to ensure it's up to scratch.

As a result of their popularity online, 48 percent have even turned their social media accounts into a business venture.