When you head to the Play store to update your Tiktok app you might notice one difference, the rating is about 1.2 stars. You might start to wonder whether you have installed the right app or some parody. Don't scratch your heads we will let you know what exactly happened. So stay tuned for a couple of paragraphs.
Where did it all start?
It all started a few days back in India. One of the active TikTok content creators Amir Siddiqui posted a controversial post on allegedly accusing the Youtube creators of plagiarizing the content available on TikTok. In response to this post one of the Youtuber named Ajey Nagar aka CarryMinati posted a video lashing out Amir Siddiqui and Tiktok. This video went on trending and was rapidly garnering millions of views in a very short span before being taken down by Youtube for violating the terms.
Video taken done problem over?
Many would have expected that the issue will go down. On the contrary many CarryMinati fans started to trend tweets with hashtags such as #RoastNahiFryKarunga and #BanTikTok on Twitter. #BanTikTokInIndia, #TikTokdown. Some YouTubers even started to support CarryMinati and elevated the issue.
Catalytic post that triggered the outburst:
While this issue was going on there was another post that elevated things. Faizal Siddiqui, a TikTok celebrity having about 13 million followers posted a video that might justify an acid attack on women. Tiktok then suspended his account but it was too late many followers saw it and decided to protest. This post triggered the emotions of many and they started campaigns on ban of Tiktok for many controversial posts. Many people started to give a 1-star rating to Tiktok app in the Play store and began to call for a ban on Tiktok. Within a few days the rating fell from 4.6 to 1.2 and it continues to get flooded with negative comments.
Tiktok and its problematic relationship with India:
Even though Tiktok has said it will continue to remove the controversial post and will take severe action such as suspension on those posting it the situation is not promising for them. Tiktok had been banned in India in the past for such contents and getting involved in these situations won't help them in building their reputation. They have review their guidelines and must resolve them soon. Let's don't forget that this issue started with cyber bullying which is an issue that social media have to take care to avoid bitter instances like this.
Kathir Gowtham R.S