September 19, 2020 | 2:27 AM IST
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TikTok app ratings drop to 1.3; netizens want it banned

Great discontent seems to be brewing among the netizens regarding the short-video sharing platform, Tiktok, after videos promoting rape and misogyny were posted on the application. As a result, the China-owned application’s rating slipped drastically from 4.9 to 1.3 stars within a couple of days and #BanTikTokIndia, #BoycottTikTok, #BanTikToklnlndia, #IndiansAgainstTikTok,  and #tiktokexposed started trending on Twitter lately following a series of events.

A few days back, tiktoker star Faizal Siddique posted a video promoting acid attacks, which triggered audiences’ anger and they started demanding to ban the app in India.

Even the National Commission for Women (NCW) Chief Rekha Sharma has called for a ban saying the app was pushing youngsters towards unproductive life.

A social media enthusiast, Jeetu Phalswal tagged Union Minister Prakash Javdekar and wrote, “Government must ban TikTok immediately! Also Its ruining our teenage generation!”

Another twitterati Palki Sharma posted, “Tiktok censors posts in India that mention China or Tibet, but allows violent content including videos that glorify acid attacks. It’s like hidden medicine in a dog's food bowl - Chinese propaganda amid tons of “fun” videos.”

 After seeing the drop in the ratings drastically, TikTok came up with a message on social media stating, “TikTok is a platform that celebrates creativity & expression. We aim to create a positive in-app environment that brings people and communities together and request all our users to respect this intent.”

TikTok has over 200 million users in India and has been downloaded over 2 billion times globally. 

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