TikTok App listing flooded with 1-star reviews
TikTok is seeing a flood of 1-star reviews on Apple app store and Google play store after the app recently found itself up against the follower of YouTuber CarryMinati. To make matter worse, the short-form video app got embroiled in a controversy this week when a video from Popular TikTok creator Faizal Siddiqui came to light that has been accused of glorifying acid attack on women. A series of one-star reviews have been left on the TikTok application in bringing the ratings down from 4.5 stars to just 2 stars in a few days on Google play store. Furthermore, #banTikTokIndia is also trending on Twitter wherein people urging users to quit the Chinese social media platform.
TikTok currently has an average 2-star rating on Google play store, and most of the new ratings listed are 1 Star. These ratings have been mostly left by Indian users calling it a “waste app”. Hundreds of users are leaving unfavorable reviews as well. Several users even asked for a total ban of the app in India, if not complete removal from Google play store. TikTok still enjoys a 4.8 star rating on the App store as Android is the prominent platform in the country.
YouTube stars roasting TikTok stars and vice versa has been happening for a while. This battle blew up when YouTuber CarryMinati published video title ‘YouTube vs TikTok: The End’ wherein he roasts TikTok creator Amir Siddiqui. This video amassed millions of views before getting removed from YouTube on claims of ‘violating terms of services’. As is with extreme fan culture, several fans of CarryMinati took to the app listing of TikTok to give a 1-star reviews to show their dislike for the platform and support their dislike for the platform and support for YouTube. This has been further enabled by YouTube vs TikTok memes and battle content that is rife on the social media platforms.
As if Carry Minati fans weren’t enough, TikTok found itself in a fresh controversy when a video from Faizal Siddiqui’s surfaced online. This video has been accused of glorifying acid attacks on women. Faizal Siddiqui has defended the video, claiming it has been misrepresented. The video has been severely criticized and it has further pushed people to leave 1-star reviews for TikTok on both Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
Notably, TikTok is owned by Bytedance that although incorporated in Cayman Islands is headquartered in Beijing, thus the app is linked to China. TikTok has been trying to shed this Chinese app image for some time as a significant number of its users are based in the US. This Chinese link doesn’t help TikTok among various Indian users who often call to ban Chinese goods and services on social media.