Short video platform TikTok’s user rating dropped to 2 stars on Tuesday on the Google Play Store from 4.6 last week following a heated online battle between a YouTube influencer and TikTok creator in India.
It started when TikTok creator Amir Siddiqui posted a video on Facebook-owned Instagram calling out YouTubers.
In his video, Siddiqui accused YouTubers of plagiarizing TikTok content and losing out on brand endorsements.
Joining the battle, popular roaster Ajey Nagar, known as CarryMinati, lashed out on YouTube against Siddiqui in an expletive-laden video which garnered millions of views, but was later taken down for violating the platform’s terms of service.
After his video was deleted, Nagar’s fans started a trend #RoastNahiFryKarunga and #BanTikTok on Twitter.
#BanTikTokInIndia, #TikTokdown, #TikTokexposed were also trending on the micro-blogging platform.
Twitter also saw an explosion of memes targeting TikTok and Amir Siddiqui, urging people to downgrade the app.
Several anti-China and TikTok critics jumped on the bandwagon asking for a ban on the ByteDance-owned platform, accusing its creators of promoting violence, hate, and acid attacks.
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