TikTok is the fastest-growing app in India, but it has been caught in a problem lately.
Over the past few days, there has been a huge battle of memes of sorts on the internet between YouTube and TikTok supporters. It all started with Indian youtuber CarryMinati’s video rai short-form content creation on TikTok versus long-form videos on YouTube.
It was after a video titled “YouTube vs TikTok: The End” that took social media by storm, resulting in all kinds of reactions, from funny to angry. The popular YouTuber, who has 18 million subscribers, called out TikTok creators for copy content from YouTube, among other things.
WHY TIKTOK RATING IS DOWN?
In less than a week, the app has been downrated from 4.6 to 2, with several Indian users calling for a ban and trending #TikTokBan and #TikTokExposed on social media. TikTok Lite has been hit even more, with its Play Store ratings dropping to 1.1. The ByteDance-owned platform is also under fire for its weak content moderation policies, which allows sharing of harmful and abusive videos
WHY TIKTOK IS TRENDING FOR #banTikTok?
Ever since the National Commission for Women (NCW) wrote to the video-sharing social networking service TikTok over a video by Faizal Siddiqui, allegedly glorified acid attack and crime against women, a section of social media users demanding a ban on the app has been a top trend on Twitter.
Social media has dug out other videos apart from the one made by Faizal that suggests videos made glorifying rape and animal abuse. Here’s how Twitter reacted.
That is seamless people this is most professional tiktokar #SameekshaSud promoting disgusting thinks and rap therepi use #SameekshaSud and #BanTikToklnlndia #tiktokban #faisalSiddiqui arrest #faisalSiddiqui https://t.co/dqBOr42DiF
— nita sarma (@punam05909414) May 19, 2020
The latest TikTok video doing the rounds on SM has made me feel sick in the guts. How can anyone glorify a crime like #rape? How can a woman volunteer to be a part of this? Also, how do odious sickos like these men be ‘influencers’? #BanTikToklnlndia
— Shefali Vaidya. (@ShefVaidya) May 19, 2020
— Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga (@TajinderBagga) May 18, 2020
— Shiv Sharma (@shivsharmaIND) May 19, 2020
A stream of reported accidents and mishappenings
There has been a string of accidents and mishappenings that have been reported related to the use of TikTok. The death of a 19-year old was the most recent incident that took place in Delhi in which a gun is used for shooting the video accidentally went off, leading to the accident and arrest of the other two boys involved.
Yet another horrific accident was reported in Punjab in which the man filming a TikTok video was trying to mount a moving tractor with a cultivator attached to it. But instead of getting on the tractor, he ended up getting crushed under the cultivator. There have been other instances like a college student colliding with a bus while filming a TikTok video. Yet another involved someone committing suicide.