TikTok Rating Shoots up on Play Store as Google Removes Negative Feedback

Yolanda Curtis
May 31, 2020

The whole fiasco started when a popular YouTuber CarryMinati (real name Ajay Negar) created a video on YouTube vs TikTok a few days back where he was seen roasting popular TikToker Amir Siddiqui (who had once claimed he would be honoured to get roasted by CarryMinati).

Several hashtags asking users to ban TikTok and India against TikTok started trending on Twitter.

TikTok's user reviews had suddenly plummeted on Play Store from 27 million users to 22 million users from last week.

The complaint alleges the US tech giant more prominently showcases its Google Pay app inside its Android app store in India, giving it an unfair advantage over apps of competitors which hurts consumers, the source added. Due to Google's intervention, TikTok's rating has recovered just slightly; from 1.2 to 1.6.

At one time, the overall "sentiment" of the app that, in part, describes a user's satisfaction with the app based on its reviews, dropped from 86% to 39%, mobile insight firm Apptopia told TechCrunch.

Google is experimenting with another feature for Google Play Store that shows videos content of popular games from YouTube right on the listing page.

The negative reviews came following last week's report of a TikTok influencer Faizal Siddiqui posted a spoof video of an acid attack. CEO Evan Spiegel upset Indians with his remarks, labeling India as a poor country.

"As per the policy, we do not allow content that risks the safety of others, promotes physical harm, or glorifies violence against women", a spokesman for TikTok said. "The behaviour in question violates our guidelines and we have taken down content, suspended the account, and are working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate", a spokesman for TikTok said.

As a backlash, the Chinese app received millions of negative reviews bringing it down from 4.5 stars to a mere 2 rating.

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