TikTok Floods With 1-Star Reviews Amidst Faizal Siddiqui Controversy

The cold-war among YouTube and TikTok users is nothing new, but TikTok is hitting new lows on Google Play Store listings due to the fans of YouTuber CarryMinati, who are actively showing their dislike towards the Chinese short-video sharing platform.

To further worsen this situation, TikTok recently came under fire when Faizal Siddiqui, a famous video creator on TikTok, shared a video that was accused of glorifying acid attacks on women. Thousands of Indians left 1-star reviews on TikTok due to this controversy, lowering its ratings from 4.5 stars to 2 stars in less than a week, on Google Play Store.

Not only that, but #banTikTokIndia also trended on Twitter, asking all Indians to quit using the platform. Some people even went to the extremes of demanding complete removal of TikTok from the Play Store. However, TikTok still enjoys a 4.8-star rating on Apple App Store.

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YouTube and TikTok fans roasting each other is common and has been happening for some time. But the war blew up when YouTuber Ajey Nagar, going by the name CarryMinati, posted a video titled “YouTube vs. TikTok.” The video ends with Nagar shading TikTok creator Amir Siddiqui. Before getting removed from YouTube due to violation of terms and services, this video garnered millions of views. As a result, CarryMinati fans rated TikTok with one star, displaying their dislike towards the platform and showcasing the toxic fan culture.

As if this wasn’t enough, TikTok was presented with another controversy when Faizal Siddiqui, Amir Siddiqui’s brother, posted a video that’s accused of glorifying acid attacks on women. After this surfaced online, it has been endlessly showered with severe criticism, further fueling the Indians’ dislike towards TikTok. However, Faizal Siddiqui has defended the video saying that it has been misinterpreted.

Although TikTok is owned by Bytedance that’s incorporated in the Cayman Islands, it’s headquartered in Beijing, hence the app is somewhat linked to China. But a significant number of TikTok users are US based, and TikTok has been trying to shed down its Chinese app image for some time. This major link with China doesn’t help TikTok as it’s very common for Indians to publicly call out Chinese goods and services.


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