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TikTok goes down, prompting speculation that it's been banned

TikTok goes down, prompting speculation that it's been banned
Users in North America and Europe reported that the popular video-sharing social network TikTok went down after 2pm ET, according to Downdetector and multiple complaints on Twitter.

More than 17,000 users reported problems with the popular video sharing app, according to Downdetector, an internet outage monitoring website. People were complaining about being unable to upload clips to TikTok, and that the likes on the videos were reset to zero.

The Chinese app has been in the crosshairs of US authorities for a while, which has prompted speculation that the outage might be a sign of a ban.

TikTok said on Twitter that they were aware that some users were experiencing problems, saying that its staff were “working to quickly fix things.”

On Wednesday Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington was "certainly looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese apps, following the lead of India, which banned 59 Chinese apps after border skirmishes with Beijing, and Australia, which has threatened to do the same. 

Pompeo’s boss, Donald Trump, earlier said that shutting down TikTok was “one of many” options considered by Washington to punish Beijing for the coronavirus pandemic. The US president has been insisting for months that China was the source of the disease, referring to Covid-19 as the “Chinese virus.”

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TikTok was launched globally in 2017 and a year later in the US, swiftly becoming one of the most prominent social media networks. The app, which is especially popular among teens, has already generated more than two billion downloads, showing its best results in recent months as the world went into a Covid-19 lockdown.

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