After being hammered by YouTuber supporters CarryMinati and the controversy surrounding a video from the famous creator of the website Faizal Siddiqui, the TikTok rating is down to 1.2 stars on Google Play Store. All CarryMinati fans and people miffed at the Siddiqui TikTok video accused of glorifying women’s acid attacks leave 1-star ratings for TikTok on both Android and Apple’s App Store. Other 1-star comments also called TikTok as a Chinese app and blamed China for COVID-19. On Apple App Store, the average TikTok rating is down to 3.5 stars from 4.5 stars earlier.
TikTok’s rating in the app stores is likely to slide further in the days ahead as hashtags such as # IndiansAgainstTikTok are currently trendy. Apple App Store, which initially seemed unaffected by 1-star ratings as the number of iPhone users in the country is substantially lower than Android, is finally showing some effect. The average rating on iOS went down to 3.5 stars after days of 1-star ratings.
Much like the Apple App Store, the Google Play Store page on TikTok is inundated with 1-star ratings. As mentioned, this drop in the TikTok rating can be attributed to followers of YouTuber CarryMinati after the creator released a video entitled YouTube vs TikTok-The End, part of an ongoing feud between TikTok creators and YouTubers. In this video the creators of TikTok, particularly Amir Siddiqui, were roasted by the CarryMinati. CarryMinati’s video went viral, hogging more than 75 million views before being taken down for violating the terms of service for YouTube.
The video has helped attract about 8 million new subscribers from YouTuber. More than new CarryMinati subscribers, this video has led hundreds, if not thousands, of YouTuber followers to TikTok’s app listings to leave 1-star reviews to demonstrate their criticism of the site and help prove that YouTube was better than TikTok in some way. Such followers have posted YouTube vs TikTok memes and other social media content, bringing many more people together to do the same.
When the hysteria of YouTube vs. TikTok was still in its prime, a video from TikTok creator Faizal Siddiqui surfaced on social media, accusing women of glorifying acid attacks. The video attracted condemnation from all over, including celebrities, politicians, and the National Commission for Women, forcing Tiktok to suspend the account of the creator and remove copies of the video from its platform. Since the controversy Siddiqui had deleted the video himself and apologized for it. This video has also encouraged people to find ways to demonstrate their disapproval of the short video app, and they do the same by sharing their views on social media and rating the Google Play Store and Apple App Store 1-star app.
For different reasons, China’s not-so-great reputation among part of the Indian population is just another force behind these 1-star ratings. TikTok parent Bytedance has its registered office in Beijing.