- TikTok ratings have gone up to 4.4 after Google removed over 8 million negative reviews
- TikTok’s ratings fell drastically after a post glorifying acid attack on woman went viral on the app.
- Prior to the Faisal Siddiqui fiasco, a massive fight broke out between the YouTubers and the TikTokers
Looks like TikTok has resumed its throne on Google Play Store. From a disappointing 1.2, the ratings of TikTok have moved up to 4.4 after Google removed over 8 million negative reviews from the Play Store. TikTok's ratings fell drastically after a post glorifying acid attack on woman went viral on the app. Not just the ratings on Play Store, Hashtags pressing TikTok to be banned and India against TikTok also started trending on Twitter.
As per comment posting guidelines, Google can remove negative comments and ratings. A Google spokesperson told the Gadgets 360 without specifically mentioning TikTok that actions are taken against inappropriate ratings when it is a case of spam abuse. "Play Store ratings enable users to provide helpful feedback about their experience with apps and content, for the benefit of others to make informed decisions," he said.
Tiktok received severe backlash after Faisal Sidddiqui's video glorifying acid attack went viral on social media. In the video, he can be seen throwing water on a girl's face after she leaves him for another man. Just in the next clip, the girl with fake bruises and acid burns appears. The video has now been taken down by TikTok and Faisal had also issued an apology after a complaint was filed against him by NCW chief Rekha Sharma.
Reacting to the incident, a TikTok spokesperson had said in a statement to TechCrunch, "Keeping people on TikTok safe is a top priority and we make it clear in our Term of Service and Community Guidelines that clearly outlines what is not acceptable on our platform. As per the policy, we do not allow content that risks safety of others, promotes physical harm or glorifies violence against women. The behaviour in question violates our guidelines and we have taken down content, suspended the account, and are working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate."
Prior to the Faisal Siddiqui fiasco, a massive fight broke out between the YouTubers and the TikTokers. Carry Minati, a YouTuber had created a video titled YouTube Vs TikTok, as part of an ongoing battle between YouTube and TikTok users. His video was removed for violating YouTube's terms of service
Needless to say, Carry Minati and Amir Siddiqui's roast battle also contributed to TikTok's abysmal ratings on Play Store.
TikTok was once the most-downloaded app in India with its count surpassing social media apps like Facebook and WhatsApp but now there is a huge slump in downloads as well.