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TikTok rating down to 1 star on Google Play Store post backlash in India

TikTok has made headlines for a while now due to the YouTube vs TikTok battle on social media

India TV Tech Desk Written by: India TV Tech Desk New Delhi Updated on: May 21, 2020 21:46 IST
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Faisal Siddiqui's TikTok account suspended

TikTok short video-sharing app has gained quite the fame and infamy over the past few years. After being banned and getting unbanned last year in India, TikTok is now facing more backlash, which led to its rating on the Google Play Store coming down to 1 star and a possible ban in the country in the near future. Read on to know more about the latest TikTok controversy.

TikTok rating deteriorate on Google Play Store

Users in India are giving a 1-star rating to the app on the Google Play Store for the past few days due to which the app's current rating has come down to 1.3 from 4.5 on the app store. The whole 1-star rating is being followed by the #bantiktok hashtag trending on Twitter with people demanding a ban on the app in India yet again. The app still has a rating of 4.8 on the App Store, give that the iOS userbase is less than that of Android.

To give you an idea as to what the whole backlashing is all about, it began when popular YouTuber CarryMinati posted a video on YouTube roasting popular TikToker Amar Siddiqui in the wake of the 'YouTube vs TikTok' battle. The video gathered millions of views and supports from viewers, however, got removed from the video-sharing platform as it didn't follow the app's terms of service.

Following this, TikTok began getting poor ratings on the Google Play Store and Twitter trends began gaining traction in support of CarryMinati. The situation got further escalated when another TikToker Faisal Siddiqui posted a TikTok video endorsing acid attacks, leading to more poor ratings on the Google Play Store and demand of ban on the app. As a result, Faisal's TikTok account got suspended after all the criticism and an FIR filed by NCW (National Commission for Women).

Currently, people in India want a ban on the short video-sharing app. The hashtag "#IndiansagainstTikTok' is trending on Twitter and people are all against the app. This could possibly lead to a ban on the app on the country. However, it is quite soon to comment on the same.

This is not the first time TikTok has been surrounded by controversies in India. Last year, the app was banned in the country as it was found promoting derogatory and offensive content. Post this, TikTok removed around 6 million videos from the platform, although it was removed from the Google Play and the App Store. After being temporarily banned, the Madaras court lifted the Tiktok ban and it eventually returned to both the app stores.

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