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Tik-Tok and YouTube controversy- A siren to be heard 

Tik-Tok and YouTube controversy- A siren to be heard

Recently the name “TikTok” has been leading the minds and dreams of over billions of Teenagers to grown-ups throughout the world. As we come to know TikTok was founded by and owned by ByteDance, a Chinese company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming.

Tiktok has become the most entertaining social media app on the planet which was made for users to film videos of themselves lip-syncing or acting out comedy figures up to 15 seconds long and either can choose from a database of songs and effects etc, which even outdid the most outrageous social media apps like Facebook, Instagram & Youtube, etc with an annual download rate of billions in 2018 with more than 2.5 billion active users a month.

However, the Netizens of India has somehow managed to bring the app rating to 1.2 within a few days of mass reportings and posting negative reviews. All this started when the Indian YouTuber named CarryMinati posted a video titled YouTube vs TikTok: the end. he did it to roast everyone’s favorite TikTok star Amir Siddiqui and the situation was further escalated when TikToker Faizal Siddiqui posted a video endorsing acid attacks.

Despite the endorsement of Acid Attack, the blind followers of TikTok stars went on to mass report the video (which garnered over 70 million views) uploaded by CarryMinati and was taken down. Furious with the action taken by Tiktok Fans, the Netizens of India started to report the TikTok followed by the use of hashtags like #bantiktok, #tiktokbaninIndia all over the social media platforms.

The Netizens were also supported by India’s most famous ethical hacker “Anshul Saxena” who has almost a million fans following all over his social media platforms. On 3rd April 2019, the Madras High Court of India also indicated that children using the app were at risk of being targeted by sexual predators too. Reddit CEO too claims TikTok as the parasitic platform to everyone

This is not the first time TikTok has come under the scanner in India. TikTok was taken down in several states across the country for it was found promoting offensive and derogatory content on its platform. Recently, Anshul Saxena has posted a video on his Facebook page which shows the Glorification and promotion of Rape. Despite all those degrading contents and glorification of inhuman activities, TikTok still is one of the major social media platforms in India with almost 200 million users and rising.

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