Millions of negative TikTok reviews have been deleted by Google following the platform’s drop from 4.5 stars to 1.2 stars on Google’s Play store.
According to BBC News, an Indian TikTok creator named Faizal Siddiqui posted a video which seemed to depict an acid attack of some sort. The skit essentially entailed a woman rejecting him, and him responding by throwing what seemed to be acid in her face. Although the substance was actually just water, the video cuts to a scene in which the woman has makeup on to simulate injuries that an acid attack could potentially cause.
Siddiqui has faced immense backlash across multiple social media platforms and has deleted the video. Unfortunately for Siddiqui and TikTok, this wasn’t enough. TikTok has received millions of negative reviews. So much in fact that the social media platform’s rating on Google’s play store has dropped from 4.5 stars to 1.2 stars in less than 12 hours. To counter this immense drop, Google has deleted 5 million negative reviews.
According to a statement released by TikTok, the content in Siddiqui’s video is in complete opposition to company policy. A spokesperson has said that any and all content that attempts to glorify physical harm, malice, and violence towards women is strictly forbidden.
TikTok has been actively removing reuploads of the video in question, has suspended the user in question, and has also reached out to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. As the company is taking all necessary steps and is not necessarily at fault for the creation of the video, Google went ahead and deleted a massive amount of negative reviews. However, they did not delete them all. In a move that Google has deemed “corrective action”, only comments that were identified as spam, abuse, or inappropriate have been removed.
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Siddiqui has come forward and apologized for creating the video in question. He went on to apologize to anyone who was offended by the video, and promises to do better.