Social media app TikTok just lately got here beneath fireplace after a distinguished influencer Faizal Siddiqui launched a video that glorified acid assaults. Calls to ban the app with Twitter developments similar to #TikTokExposed and #BanTikTok erupting.
Moreover, the app’s ranking on Google Play retailer additionally dropped to 2 stars from 4.6 final week. TikTok has subsequently eliminated Siddiqui’s account and banned after following the video in query and the next backlash. The ban was enforced “due to multiple community guidelines violations”. In response to TikTok the content material had violated a number of neighborhood tips, reported Hindustan Instances.
“Keeping people on TikTok safe is a top priority and we make it clear in our Terms 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 safety of others, promotes physical harm or glorifies violence against women,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Within the clip, Siddiqui throw’s a liquid on the woman’s face as revenge for betrayal. The woman is then seen with a grotesque make-up implying that her face has been disfigured on account of an acid assault.
Earlier than throwing the liquid onto the woman’s face, he mouths the dialogue: “Tumhe usne chhorr diya jiske liye tumne mujhe chhorra tha (The man you left me for, has left you)?”
Acid assault sufferer Laxmi Aggarwal on whom the movie Chhapaak is predicated lashed out on the video,“We are working day and night to stop the acid attacks, violence against women. This cringe activity is not called influencing but promoting crime. Such persons are a curse to our society. So it is important to ban such videos and accounts from the social media,” she wrote on social media.
Bollywood figures raised their voice towards the video. “What on earth is wrong with people? This is depraved. How can you allow this kind of content on your platform TikTok,” filmmaker and actor Pooja Bhatt wrote on Twitter.
What on earth is improper with individuals? That is wicked. How will you enable this type of content material in your platform @TikTok_IN This man must be taken to job. As for the girl within the video-do you realise what immense hurt you’re inflicting by taking part on this? https://t.co/I5OLTEZGVe
— Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) May 18, 2020
Swara Bhaskar critcised TikTok for permitting content material of such nature within the first place. “Hey TikTok why and how are you allowing this kind of content -which is so obviously celebrating and promoting aggression and violence against women, and perpetuating false misogynistic stereotypes -to be published ; viewed freely on your platform??? Shame,” she wrote on Twitter.
Hey @TikTok_IN why and the way are you permitting this type of content material -which is SO clearly celebrating and selling aggression and violence towards ladies, and perpetrating false misogynistic stereotypes -to be printed & considered freely in your platform??? #Shame https://t.co/cdnlttQKQp
— Swara Bhasker (@ReallySwara) May 18, 2020
Siddiqui who had over 13 million followers on TikTok responded to the controversy on his Instagram. “My intention was never to hurt anyone in any capacity. As a social media influencer, I realize my responsibility and apologize to anyone who was offended by the video,” he wrote in a put up.
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