Social video app TikTok experienced some performance issues on Tuesday, with DownDetector showing an increase in outages as of 1PM PST. Most users reported having trouble watching videos, while others were unable to log in or upload content. The app also experienced issues with liking videos and viewing comments. TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The issue was apparently resolved around 6 p.m. PT, TikTok reported in a tweetBut not before heartbroken users took to Twitter to lament the interruption with memes.
“My TikTok is not working and I have no idea what to do now,” wrote one user.
Another user noted that TikTok’s algorithm (which generally has spot-on content recommendations) is also experiencing the outage. The app’s For You page, displaying content it thinks users will appreciate, apparently didn’t live up to its name. “The scariest thing about the TikTok crash is that it gave me a generic FYP,” they wrote.
“Saw Charli [D’Amelio] on my fy page and ran to Twitter to see if TikTok wasn’t working because my algorithm was buggy, “another user joked.
“He cursed my wifi thinking that was the reason why TikTok was not working,” reads a tweet.
One user was having a hard time dealing with the usual screen time. “Minute 15: TikTok not working and another human made eye contact with me for the first time in 2 years. I don’t know how long I will last,” they tweeted.
“When TikTok isn’t working and I have to talk to other people on my phone,” someone wrote alongside an unimpressed Steve Harvey meme on his phone.
Another user dreamed of what the world would be like without the distraction of TikTok. “Where would we be if TikTok didn’t work 24/7,” they said, along with an image of a futuristic metropolis.
As someone succinctly put it, “How am I supposed to miss my afternoon if I can’t scroll through TikTok?”
One word: Twitter. For now.