The cold-war among YouTube and TikTok users is nothing new, but TikTok is hitting new lows on Google Play Store listings due to the fans of YouTuber CarryMinati, who are actively showing their dislike towards the Chinese short-video sharing platform.
To further worsen this situation, TikTok recently came under fire when Faizal Siddiqui, a famous video creator on TikTok, shared a video that was accused of glorifying acid attacks on women. Thousands of Indians left 1-star reviews on TikTok due to this controversy, lowering its ratings from 4.5 stars to 2 stars in less than a week, on Google Play Store.
Not only that, but #banTikTokIndia also trended on Twitter, asking all Indians to quit using the platform. Some people even went to the extremes of demanding complete removal of TikTok from the Play Store. However, TikTok still enjoys a 4.8-star rating on Apple App Store.
YouTube and TikTok fans roasting each other is common and has been happening for some time. But the war blew up when YouTuber Ajey Nagar, going by the name CarryMinati, posted a video titled “YouTube vs. TikTok.” The video ends with Nagar shading TikTok creator Amir Siddiqui. Before getting removed from YouTube due to violation of terms and services, this video garnered millions of views. As a result, CarryMinati fans rated TikTok with one star, displaying their dislike towards the platform and showcasing the toxic fan culture.
I support carryminati pic.twitter.com/SGw5ComqdK
— Ravi Kumar (@Ravikmr227842) May 16, 2020
#justiceforcarryminati @YouTubeIndia bring back @CarryMinati video.
There are lots of contents on YouTube need to be removed by YouTube but inside that you remove that videoin which there is no thing which is violating or support the territory
We are with @CarryMinati pic.twitter.com/zuSJOBCUyQ
— Anurag Shukla (@Anurag_Shukla2) May 15, 2020
As if this wasn’t enough, TikTok was presented with another controversy when Faizal Siddiqui, Amir Siddiqui’s brother, posted a video that’s accused of glorifying acid attacks on women. After this surfaced online, it has been endlessly showered with severe criticism, further fueling the Indians’ dislike towards TikTok. However, Faizal Siddiqui has defended the video saying that it has been misinterpreted.
I am of the strong openion that this @TikTok_IN should be banned totally and will be writting to GOI. It not only has these objectionable videos but also pushing youngsters towards unproductive life where they are living only for few followers and even dying when no. Decline. https://t.co/MyeuRbjZAy
— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) May 19, 2020
The #TikTok videos on internet now clearly shows the weakness of Indian Laws towards safeguarding children and women online. There’s animal cruelty, pornography, hate speeches, violation of right to privacy and what not!
When are we gonna change?#BanTikTokInIndia#tiktokexposed pic.twitter.com/3KxRxbS8oX
— Anirudh srivastava (@Aniastic) May 19, 2020
Although TikTok is owned by Bytedance that’s incorporated in the Cayman Islands, it’s headquartered in Beijing, hence the app is somewhat linked to China. But a significant number of TikTok users are US based, and TikTok has been trying to shed down its Chinese app image for some time. This major link with China doesn’t help TikTok as it’s very common for Indians to publicly call out Chinese goods and services.
Reading, creative writing, poetry writing, and language learning have been my passions since I was young. I have won many Japanese and Chinese language competitions, and many national-level creative writing, art & oratory competitions too. I am still schooling, and passed my O/Levels with distinction passes for English Literature, Japanese, and English. I have also completed my Certificate of Human Resource Management.