TikTok down, what can be behind it: the possible explanation

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TikTok, the social network for sharing short videos hugely popular especially among teenagers, hasn't worked for hours. The reports under the hashtag #tiktokdown they reached thousands on Twitter, coming from all over the world. Many users, in fact, when opening the app on their smartphone have encountered a new problem never seen before.

The problems began at 21 pm on Tuesday 6 July, cittàn time, and reached after midnight at 2 am on Wednesday 7 July. The data comes from Down detector, the online service that allows you to view in real time what are the main problems of sites and social networks such as Facebook, Instagram e Twitter, as well as of course TikTok.



TikTok down, what were the problems

The problem that sparked the ire of TikTok users was encountered for many hours and in different areas of the world upon opening the app. It was a flaw when opening the application that did not allow users to access and upload content.

Learn the TikTok app, in fact, he came required users to enter their age. As is known to those who use the app, in order to view the contents of the social network you must be at least 13 years old. The system usually does not constantly ask the user to enter their year of birth, which instead happened last night and during the night.

After the phase of reintegration of one's age, the system returned a server error which did not allow normal use of the platform. In particular, among the messages displayed were "Server error", or "There is a small problem with the server, fixing it now" ("There is a small problem with the server, we are solving it").



What's behind the TikTok blackout: the possible explanation

The developers have not given a version on the reason for TikTok down, in fact on the official Twitter profile of the platform this message appeared: “TikTok is having gods temporary technical problems. Our team is working to resolve them as soon as possible. We thank you for your patience! ".

La possible explanation for the down of the popular video content platform is that there has been a server failure. In recent years, in fact, the popularity of TikTok has grown exponentially and more and more users sign up every day. This can only have an impact on the servers that have to manage an increasingly impressive amount of data.


Thankfully, on TikTok as well as on Facebook and Instagram, they are hundreds of developers who work every day to solve all kinds of faults and blackouts last a few hours at the most. There is a positive side to this whole story: TikTok's "orphaned" users moved to Twitter and started an avalanche of funny memes by explaining to other users new reasons to "waste" their time. .


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