The popular Chinese application 'TikTok' is now facing flak via strong negative reviews and negative publicity. The Chinese video sharing platform witnessed a huge downfall in terms of its Google Play Store rating, falling from 4.6 stars rating to 3.6 stars rating in a singe day. It is at present lingering around the 2 stars rating mark. This is attributed to the on-going YouTube v/s TikTok controversy. The post covers the drastic downfall in the Google Play Store rating of TikTok.
The complete story behind the controversy
The popular Chinese app TikTok has been getting negative reviews and it has severely impacted the app's ratings on Google Play Store. There was a significant drop in its rating after a recent video posted by YouTube Star Carry Minati and many others.
Over the past few days, the topic YouTube vs TikTok has turned from a debate to a controversy. This controversy is trending on different social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram with a barrage of memes being exchanged on the internet between YouTube and TikTok supporters on the debate. The controversy was started by Elvish Yadav. The YouTuber made a roast video on the topic of TikTok. Aamir Siddique, a popular TikToker, then made a response on this roast video. After this, the famous Indian roaster 'Carry Minati' made a video titled “YouTube vs TikTok: The End”; the video took social media by storm, resulting in all kinds of reactions, from entertaining to disrespecting.
On May 8th, 2020, Carry Minati (Ajey Nagar) uploaded a video on his official YouTube channel wherein he roasted TikTokers, answered to the TikTok community, particularly to popular TikToker Amir Siddiqui. The roast video, which was essentially a roast of TikTok stars, managed to break many records on the YouTube India platform and quickly became the "most liked Indian YouTube video by an individual.” The roast video was deleted by YouTube with the reason behind taking it down not clear, yet.
Carry Minati’s roast video was taken down shortly after is was uploaded citing the reason, “violating YouTube’s terms of service". It has been assumed that the video was widely reported by the TikTok community. After this, Twitter users began commenting on the fact that Minati’s video was removed. Twitter users started tweeting a meme captioned, “Carry released video in favor of YouTube and it got deleted. #Justiceforcarry #CarryMinatitiktokroast #CarryMinati”. The tweet garnered over 650 likes in three days. These #tags started trending on the first-three #tags on the Twitter.
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In response to the deletion of Carry's roast video, many Carry Minati followers began giving TikTok poor ratings. This became such a popular and widespread act that it caused TikTok's rating to drop from 4.5 stars to 3.6 stars overnight. It is presently rated at 2 stars.
This huge fall in the Play Store rating is being attributed due to the number of 1 star ratings being given to the app. The rating dropped from 4.6 to 2.0 in last 2-3 days. The same trend is happening with the TikTok Lite App which has seen a huge decline i.e. falling from 4.5 rating to 1.3 rating within a span of 2-3 days. Some users are now demanding the ban of the Chinese app in India. The appeal is visible on several platforms like Twitter where hashtags such as "#BanTikTok" are the talk of the hour.