TikTok likes and views are broken for some unknown portion of the video app’s user base this afternoon. The impacted users are seeing a “zero” like count on TikTok posts, including their own and those of other app users, as well as “zero” views. The company has acknowledged the issue and says it’s working on a fix, but declined to explain what was causing the problem.
The TikTok Support account responded to the problem at 2:43 PM ET, noting it was working quickly to fix things, and then posted again at 3:35 PM ET to say a fix was in progress. The company said that users should soon see their app experience return to normal as the problem was resolved on the company’s end.
While typically a bug like this isn’t much cause for concern — online apps do break, on occasion — the problem with TikTok comes at a time when the app is under fire in the U.S. for its ties to China.
This week, reports emerged that the U.S. was considering banning TikTok and other Chinese-owned social media app, according to statements made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. TikTok has already been banned in India, along with 58 other Chinese apps, for similar reasons.
Today, The Wall St. Journal reported that executives at TikTok parent ByteDance are considering changing the corporate structure of TikTok’s business or even establishing a headquarters for the company outside of China, in order to further distance TikTok from China and the potential for being compromised by Chinese authorities. This is not the first time such discussions have taken place.
The news of the potential U.S. ban has already concerned the TikTok community, who have begun fleeing to rival apps like Byte, Dubsmash, and Likee in the U.S.
Because of this possible ban, the issues around Like counts were seen by some users today as a signal that a ban was imminent. But that’s not yet the case.