September 27, 2023

Google removes millions of Tik Tok bad reviews on the Google Play Store


Google removes millions of Tik Tok bad reviews on the Google Play Store. After disturbing videos were found on the app, angry Indian users started leaving negative reviews. People started using the hastags #BanTikTok, #DeleteTikTok, and #BlockTikTok. The videos were of domestic violence, animal cruelty, racism, child abuse, and the objectification of women.

Google removes millions of Tik Tok bad reviews on the Google Play Store

It all started when a post glorifying acid attack on woman went viral on the app. Faisal Sidddiqui’s video glorifying acid attack went viral. In the video, he can be seen throwing water on a girl’s face after she leaves him for another man. Just in the next clip, the girl with fake bruises and acid burns appears. The video has now been taken down by TikTok and Faisal had also issued an apology after a complaint was filed against him by NCW chief Rekha Sharma.

Angry fans started leaving one-star ratings on Google play which is the most lowest rating that a user can give on Play Store. After this the TikTok’s ratings fell down to 1.2 in the Google Play Store.

Seeing this Google started removing about 8 millions negative review from the Play Store. As per comment posting guidelines, Google can remove negative comments and ratings. A Google spokesperson told the Gadgets 360 without specifically mentioning TikTok that actions are taken against inappropriate ratings when it is a case of spam abuse. “Play Store ratings enable users to provide helpful feedback about their experience with apps and content, for the benefit of others to make informed decisions,” he said.

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TikTok was once the most-downloaded app in India with its count surpassing social media apps like Facebook and WhatsApp but now there is a huge slump in downloads as well.

“Keeping people on TikTok safe is a top priority and we make it clear in our Term of Service and Community Guidelines that clearly outlines what is not acceptable on our platform. As per the policy, we do not allow content that risks the 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.” Said, a TikTok spokesperson.

After the Google removing negative reviews the review score is gradually increasing and now sits at 1.6 stars.

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