TikTok India has suspended popular star Faizal Siddiqui’s account following a backlash over a video of his that allegedly glorified acid attacks.
Talking to a media portal, TikTok spokesperson told: “We stand committed to extending our support to law enforcement agencies for any further action.”
However, the incident triggered hate for the platform on social media with many calling for action against it for not policing the content better.
In an email statement, the TikTok spokesperson clarified that “as per policy, we do not allow content that risks safety of others, promotes physical harm or glorifies violence against women”. 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.”
Regarding other videos of violence and abuse found on social media platforms, TikTok said videos violating “our policies of imagery depicting animal abuse and depiction of content promoting non-consensual sexual act of adult” have been taken down.
The social media outrage against TikTok started when popular YouTuber CarryMinati posted a video on his channel with nearly 18 million subscribers roasting TikTokers. In the video, titled ‘YouTube vs TikTok: The End’, CarryMinati compared TikTok and YouTube’s video format and concluded that the latter can’t be compared with 15-seconds short video format given it is way more original and requires skills to shoot and put out on the platform.
The overall app rating has dropped from 4.5 to 1.3 on Play store while on Apple App store it is rated 3.8. However, sources close to the company said low-rating does not mean the app will be removed from Play store.
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