Google helps TikTok to regain lost rating; removes millions of negative ratings

WION Web Team NEW DELHI May 26, 2020, 03.00 PM(IST)

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Google helped boost TikTok’s ratings from 1.2 to 1.6 stars by deleting over 5 million reviews overnight. 

The search giant Google has gone on a damage control mode for the Chinese short video creation platform TikTok owned by ByteDance. 

TikTok’s Google Play rating for android improved to 1.6 after nearly 5 million reviews disappeared from the app store.

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The rating of the app that had fallen to 1.3 stars, which was 4.5 stars until May 16th. 

According to the reports, Google helped boost TikTok’s ratings from 1.2 to 1.6 stars by deleting over 5 million reviews overnight. 

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

The reason behind this rating fall of TikTok is a controversy where TikTok was attacked with severe criticism. This was mainly because of the spat between Amir Siddiqui and Carry Minati.

Amir Siddiqui had posted a video on Instagram calling out YouTubers. In the video, he accused YouTubers of plagiarism. This video was then picked up by a popular roaster Ajey Nagar, popularly known as CarryMinati, who bashed Amir Siddiqui and other TikTok users. But Carry Minati’s video was deleted by YouTube and that re-ignited the fire of #BanTikTokInIndia.

(With inputs from agencies)